For months now, with the United States distracted by the war in Europe, North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un has been largely free to accelerate his weapons programs. President Joe Biden — along with his American allies, Japan and South Korea — needs to start making his life harder.
Kim’s scientists have conducted 16 missile tests since the start of the year, including possibly a failed launch of a gargantuan Hwasong-17 intercontinental ballistic missile. A new nuclear test could be imminent. Left unchecked, North Korea could ultimately deploy a suite of delivery systems ranging from multi-warhead ICBMs to nuclear-armed hypersonic vehicles and sea-launched ballistic missiles. to threaten American cities with nuclear attack and raise doubts about whether the United States would come to the aid of South Korea or Japan in a conflict.