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Trump's first crisis: North Korea's nuclear threat

Trump's first crisis: North Korea's nuclear threat

Donald Trump unwisely picked a fight with China over Taiwan barely days after he eked out a victory in the 2016 election. Beyond embracing Vladimir Putin, his major foreign policy concerns during the campaign were defeating ISIS or revising the nuclear deal with Iran.

But the first real crisis of a Trump presidency is likely to come from the world's most isolated nation, North Korea. And the president-elect will soon learn that it is Chinese power and influence he will need to deal with North Korea and the threat posed by its nuclear weapons program.

The young and unpredictable leader of the Democratic Republic of North Korea, Kim Jong Un, declared last weekend that the...