What the hell is going on with North Korea, explained: It’s been a scary few days on the Korean Peninsula. Pence talks tough on North Korea, but adds a sweetener — he raised the possibility that the Trump administration could pursue talks with the North. A “Cuban missile crisis in slow motion” in North Korea. Max Fisher on the North Korea paradox: Why there are no good options. A “preemptive strike” really just means starting a war, which we couldn’t necessarily control in scope or duration once we started it — so what are we supposed to do? Russian state TV declares Trump “more impulsive” than Kim Jong-un. “Not a joke. S Koreans are MUCH more concerned about Trump doing something stupid than Kim Jong-Un doing something stupid”.