PARIS — North Korea has officially unveiled the youngest son and heir apparent of “Dear Leader” Kim Jong Il. Yet again the impoverished dictatorship has captured the world’s attention. But the United States should leave the problem of dealing with Pyongyang to the North’s neighbors. The so-called Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, the world’s first communist monarchy, poses no threat to America. North Korea’s economy is a wreck.

The North’s military equips under-trained, malnourished soldiers with ancient equipment. One American aircraft carrier has more firepower than the entire North Korean military. What of Pyongyang’s putative nuclear arsenal? The North probably hasn’t miniaturized any weapons that it might have constructed. North Korea also doesn’t have a missile capable of hitting America, let alone doing so accurately.

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