Let’s see, how to put this into perspective.
O.K., try this: You might rather hear an announcement that one of the infamous Los Angeles street gangs had just conducted a nuclear test.
North Korea is a Stalinist gulag state. There is not a street gang in the world, let alone L.A., that is as morally debased as that regime.
And it’s a hostage situation, as well. The North has long been prepared to destroy Seoul, the capital of South Korea, should any pre-emptive action be taken against it. The North has also long desired to extend the hostage situation to Japan.
The U.S. has security obligations to both South Korea and Japan.
Now, who is the elephant in that room? It’s not a difficult guess.