Donald, meet Jong-un
With less than three weeks to go until the inauguration of Donald Trump, most attention has been focused on how the president-elect’s policy will differ from his predecessor on two key areas: Russia and the Middle East. Yet there is another critical issue that Trump will need to tackle and it reared its head again as the world ushered in the new year: North Korea. On Sunday, president Kim Jong-un told his compatriots that the country was close to testing long-range missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads; this follows Pyongyang’s biggest nuclear test to date, conducted in 2016. Whereas the Obama administration largely shirked the issue, this bubbling crisis will need to be addressed during a Trump term – and it will demand all his powers of tact and delicacy.