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North Korea

How Kim Jong-un's Nuclear Arsenal Could Lead Us To Peace

North Korea may now be too dangerous to be attacked. But that may force all to find a diplomatic solution.

Do you trust this man?
Do you trust this man?
KCNA
Yann Rousseau

-OpEd-

PARIS — As soon as North Korea's sixth nuclear test was announced on Sunday, the litany of condemnations against Kim Jong-un's umpteenth "provocation" started up yet again. But despite all the "strong condemnations," the world's most powerful countries will most likely prove incapable of forging a coherent response. The regime in Pyongyang, meanwhile, is convinced that it has finally attained the key to peace.

Any sanctions declared against North Korea over the coming weeks will end up hurting the population, but it won't make Kim Jong-un yield. If the young leader has taken the liberty of angering Beijing, its last true ally, annoying its Russian neighbor or taunting U.S. President Donald Trump, who has pledged to meet North Korean threats with "fire and fury," it's because he knows that the international community can no longer stop him.

After decades of efforts, the regime built by Kim Jong-un's grandfather is on the verge of acquiring nuclear power — the only thing that can guarantee the country's survival through deterrence. North Korea is now equipped with intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of hitting the U.S. or Japan. Soon, it will also have miniaturized nuclear warheads. With this kind of arsenal, North Korea will have to be taken seriously. We will have to retire any thoughts of an armed intervention as the resulting scenarios are unimaginable.

Even Trump won't risk a third world war.

The country may now be too dangerous to be attacked. The South Korean capital of Seoul and its 10 million inhabitants, as well as U.S. military bases are located just 60 kilometers from the border with North Korea. It would only take seven minutes for a Nodong missile to hit the center of Tokyo, killing tens of thousands of people. Although Trump said on Sunday that he hasn't ruled out the military option, even he probably won't risk a third world war — and his own allies and military advisors are urging him to abstain from any such action.

While the North Korean "victory" might be scary, it doesn't mean that the world has become more dangerous after the latest nuclear test. Instead, North Korea is likely to feel reassured by its nuclear deterrence capability and will no longer have any interest in continuing its provocations. Kim Jong-un knows that North Korea is certain to lose if it risks triggering an all-out war.

Despite the short-term friction, North Korea's nuclear arsenal could lead to an appeasement strategy in the long term. After years of tension, a new dialogue with Washington and Seoul might even become a possibility. A North Korea with nuclear deterrence capability might, strangely enough, help the region discover a new form of stability.

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When Racism Poisons Italy's Culinary Scene

This is the case of chef Mareme Cisse, a black woman, who was called a slur after a couple found out that she was the one who would be preparing their meal.

Photo of Mareme Cisse cooking

Mareme Cisse in the kitchen of Ginger People&Food

Caterina Suffici

-Essay-

TURIN — Guess who's not coming to dinner. It seems like a scene from the American Deep South during the decades of segregation. But this happened in Italy, in this summer of 2023.

Two Italians, in their sixties, got up from the restaurant table and left (without saying goodbye, as the owner points out), when they declared that they didn't want to eat in a restaurant where the chef was what they called: an 'n-word.'

Racists, poor things. And ignorant, in the sense of not knowing basic facts. They don't realize that we are all made of mixtures, come from different racial and ethnic backgrounds. And that food, of course, are blends of different ingredients and recipes.

The restaurant is called Ginger People&Food, and these visitors from out of town probably didn't understand that either.

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