Korean Cold War

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Koreans are facing a new Cold War—the escalation of an ossified politico-military stand-off that threatens to go nuclear. Though you would never know it from cartoony Western portrayals of North Korea—"irrational, impossible to control, and therefore fundamentally dangerous"—the various actors in the region are playing out a terrible and terrifying history. This is why South Korean President Moon Jae-In has offered to open a new dialogue with the North, and also why President Trump said in May that he would meet with Kim Jong-Un "if the circumstances were right." Time to dust off the old-fashioned (and much-disparaged) idea of détente.