Sanctions on North Korea have been tried, and failed. Serious negotiations seem like a pipedream. And any military strike would almost surely bring mass devastation and horrific civilian casualties.

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File photo shows North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. The official Korean Central News Agency reported on Aug. 9, 2017, that North Korea is contemplating launching a missile strike against the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo (Photo by Kyodo News via Getty Images)

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