Both America and North Korea are led by men who take an active pleasure in sabre-rattling
You would have to be 90 now to have been 18 years old when the last nuclear weapon was used in anger. Nothing would more surprise the pessimists among the 1945 generation than the knowledge that no country has resorted to the ultimate lethal force since the Americans levelled Nagasaki.
Because there has been no third nuclear attack, no third world war and no general European war on a continent that had previously treated violence as its favourite sport, the threat of a nuclear confrontation on the Korean peninsula sounds fantastical.
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