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North Korea's nuclear threat crosses a perilous line

It is time for countries to coolly deal with the reality of Pyongyang's buildup

What appears to be a submarine-launched ballistic missile launches from an undisclosed location in this undated picture released by North Korea's Central News Agency on Oct. 2.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Imagine an organization -- whether it be a government or a business -- that faces a serious issue. If its leader insists that there is still a good chance that the issue will be settled somehow, despite the fact that the current approach has clearly become bogged down, that attitude is insincere -- and even dangerous. This attitude would cause delays in taking a second-best policy, and it would also make the situation worse.

The present state of the North Korea nuclear issue puts nations concerned in just such a situation. From May through October, Pyongyang has fired new types of missiles. Meanwhile, administrative-level talks between the U.S. and North Korea in Stockholm on Oct. 5 ended without any progress.

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