The prospect of a catastrophic conflict on the Korean Peninsula is so alarming that U.S. allies and China are urging President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to soften their rhetoric and start a dialogue to find a diplomatic solution to their standoff.
Several small steps are possible to go that diplomatic route, including a halt to incendiary threats, recognition that North Korea is a nuclear-armed state and a freeze on further nuclear weapons and missile tests by Kim's regime, experts on the crisis say.
Yet, none will be easy, as Trump underscored Thursday in declaring that his previous warning to unleash "fire and fury" down on North Korea perhaps “wasn’t tough enough." His harsh comments triggered the biggest one-day drop in stocks since May.
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