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In the last month, North Korea has fired several missiles into the ocean and publicly assassinated Kim Jong Un's half brother, Kim Jong Nam. The international community has strongly condemned North Korea for its actions. But President Trump has remained oddly silent about the situation, choosing to tweet about Arnold Schwarzenegger leaving "The Apprentice" instead. Should the president focus on North Korea? 🚀

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Officials worry about the inability of the U.S. to counter North Korea's missiles and nukes if the worst were to occur. North Korea has a deep history of saber rattling and posturing to test new administrations, but the new developments in North Korean missile technologyas well as Kim Jong Nam's public assassinationhas people worried that North Korea could go off the rails. 

An examination of the Pentagon’s disruption effort, based on interviews with officials of the Obama and Trump administrations as well as a review of extensive but obscure public records, found that the United States still does not have the ability to effectively counter the North Korean nuclear and missile programs. Those threats are far more resilient than many experts thought, The New York Times’s reporting found, and pose such a danger that Mr. Obama, as he left office, warned President Trump they were likely to be the most urgent problem he would confront.
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North Korea has repeatedly tried to test how U.S. presidents will react to provocation. Written in December, this piece by Bill Powell is remarkably prescient, and shows that North Korea has a history of acting up to remain relevant and test the waters. 

Of course, Kim may test Trump as he did Obama. As Stephan Haggard, a longtime North Korea watcher at the Peterson Institute for International Economics in Washington points out, the average window for a North Korean provocation bracketed around a U.S. election was “13 weeks for Kim Il Sung, six weeks for Kim Jong Il and only four weeks for the young general.”
If the U.S. and its allies have specific intelligence that speaks to Kim’s intentions—that because his nuclear program is getting more sophisticated, therefore he poses more of a threat now than he did, say, a year ago—then it’s fair to wonder whether he poses the biggest threat to the U.S. Because it’s unlikely his intentions have changed: With another nuclear or missile test, he gets to strut before the home crowd, showing them he’s going to poke whoever is in power in Washington; and he’s going to signal to the outside world: Don’t even think about coming after us.

Powell suggests there are other more serious issues facing the U.S., mainly Russia's adventures in Ukraine and Crimea, China's territorial grabs in the South China Sea, and dealing with ISIS and al-Qaeda. North Korea knows the precarious situation it's in and it's doubtful the Hermit Kingdom will do anything to completely upset the balance of power. 

The impact of such a provocation, though, as Haggard suggests, is unlikely to change much. There has never been any evidence that Kim or his father ever wanted a war with the U.S. or its East-Asian allies, for a simple but extremely compelling reason: The North Koreans know they’d be wiped out. That’s why the Obama administration may want to focus Trump’s attention on a few of the other pressing issues that are out there. There are plenty to choose from.
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