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  1. Nuclear weapon

    Kim and Trump Play Thermonuclear Chicken

    Hopefully, they won’t run out of words. Last weekend’s test of a purported North Korean hydrogen bomb set off a new round of rhetorical salvos between the country’s leader, Kim Jong Un, and U.S. President Donald Trump, heightening concern that Washington might start a pre-emptive shooting war. But experts warn that considering Pyongyang’s “black hole,” from which little intelligence escapes, the ability of American weaponry to disable all of Kim’s nukes is limited, allowing for a retaliatory strike. And even under conventional attack, there’s a strong North Korean “use ’em or lose ’em” incentive.

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