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There Is a Way Forward on North Korea. Is Trump Up to It?

The window is open, briefly, for one last shot at sticks and carrots.
Can we talk?

Can we talk?

Photographer: Kim Won Jin/AFP/Getty Images)

Persuading a dangerous country to abandon its ambition for nuclear weapons is akin to a two-horse race. In one lane is the adversary (say, North Korea) galloping ahead as quickly as possible toward ever greater levels of destructive capacity. In the other is the rest of the world (or whatever coalition of responsible nations can be cobbled together), using carrots and sticks to compel the adversary to slow, stop and ultimately reverse its course.

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