SOLVING THE NORTH KOREAN NUCLEAR PUZZLE, edited by David Albright and Kevin O’Neill. Washington, D.C.: ISIS Press, 2000, 333 pp., $29.95 (paper).

We may never know how close the world came to war in 1994, but most accounts suggest the margin was slim. Suspicions about North Korea’s nuclear program were at their peak. There were open discussions of a naval quarantine or a pre-emptive strike to eliminate Pyongyang’s nuclear facilities and send the regime the message that the world would not tolerate its “rogue” behavior.

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