Kristof: "[T]he hardest job in the world is devising a North Korea policy; the easiest is to criticize one. Nonetheless, our present policy is failing so wretchedly that it’s time to start afresh."
More: "Mr. Bush’s approach has bolstered the cowboys in North Korea while undermining moderates...President Clinton’s approach to North Korea wasn’t pretty but it did eventually stop both plutonium production and missile testing.
"The real missiles to worry about, by the way, aren’t the intercontinental ones, which are unreliable and probably not capable of carrying a nuclear warhead. The most threatening are medium-range Nodong missiles, which probably could deliver nuclear warheads to Japanese cities."