Maybenot,butdiplomaticaftershocksfromNorthKoreaslatestnucleartestarejanglingnervesandchangingpolicies,saysBlaineHardenintheWashingtonPost。

JapansChiefCabinetSecretary,TakeoKawamura,hascalledonNorthKoreatorefrainfromtakingactionsthatwouldelevatetensionsinAsia。

YetwhileUSPresidentObamahascalledthelatesttestablatantviolationofinternationallaw,MikeShusterofNPRreckonsthatdespitethetoughtalk,optionstopressureNorthKoreatohaltitsnuclearweaponsdevelopmentarelimited。

Sowhatelsecantheworlddotobringtoheeltheworldsnewestandmostalarmingnuclearpower?

askTheTimesRichardLloydParryandJaneMacartney。

Twocoerciveoptionsremain:indirectsanctionsanddirectdiplomaticarmtwisting。

Thefirsthasbeentried,butitshardtoisolateandbankruptacountrywhichlovesindependenceandwentbustyearsago。

AsforpressurefromNorthKoreasfriends,onlyChinacouldfitthedescription。

Beijingscondemnationofthenucleartestcontainedsomeofthestrongestlanguageeverusedagainstanallyoncedescribedasbeingascloseaslipsandteeth。

Butwhetherthiswilltranslateintoconcreteactionisstillunclear。

Therearenogoodsolutions;fornowasushiandbeefbanmaybethebesttheworldcanmuster。

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