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Time for stronger response to Pyongyang

N Korea's nuclear detonations and missile tests call for diplomatic strategies that go beyond condemnations and sanctions. Liaison offices might be a start.

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South Korean soldiers at a railway station in Seoul watch a TV report on North Korea's latest nuclear test on Sept 9. It was the day Pyongyang claimed to have successfully tested a nuclear warhead that could be mounted on a missile.

Los Angeles

NORTH Korea's continuing nuclear dance with the ultimate weapon, déjà vu all over again, is becoming all too serious, and it's time for Washington and allies think sensibly about how to deal with what they cannot change.

The North's fifth detonation of an atomic device