Twenty Friedman units ago, our author wrote about the threat of Iranian and North Korean nuclear weapons programs, which according to Friedman, would have easily been shut down if China and the European Union just told them to.
Then he said this: “If North Korea sets off a nuclear test, how long will Japan continue relying on the U.S. for its nuclear shield? And what will South Korea and Taiwan do? And if Japan or South Korea goes nuclear, how may an anxious China react?” Seventeen Friedman units after the first North Korean nuclear test, the predicted proliferation cascade shows no sign of materializing. These things take time, you know. Chances are the next six months will be critical.