The West ignores the threat of Kim Jong-un and his regime at its peril. In the 1930s Hitler was dismissed as an attention-seeking, posturing clown. Charlie Chaplin even made a comedy in which he was parodied.
Despite warnings from Churchill, and others, that the threat was very real and far from a joke, he was virtually ignored and disarmament went on in the UK. It took the deaths of tens of millions and a world war before it was realised that Herr Hitler was no clown.
Much the same attitude has been the state of play for the North Korean dictator. There was even a Hollywood comedy recently, mocking him. North Korea’s brand of nationalism is as potent and dangerous as it is elsewhere in the world.
We need the UN to act, at once, and impose sanctions that would make the pips squeak. As a final resort, the wiping out of the missile bases should be considered.
Nipping this threat in the bud, using the lessons learned from the past, should be top priority.
ALEXANDER MCKAY New Cut Rigg, Edinburgh