Crisis looms on Korean peninsula but Trump administration isn't ready

North Korea has announced that it plans to end nuclear talks at the end of this year and return to a dangerous pattern of provocation and escalation, firing two projectiles at the start of the Thanksgiving holiday.

Is the US administration prepared for that huge challenge as President Donald Trump runs for re-election? Its actions towards regional allies suggest the answer is "no".

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 03, 2019, with the headline 'Crisis looms on Korean peninsula but Trump administration isn't ready'. Print Edition | Subscribe