North Korea is bringing back all the old Cold War fears. How did we get here?

A soldier salutes from atop an armoured vehicle as it drives past the stand with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during a military parade marking the 105th birth anniversary of country's founding father Kim Il Sung, in Pyongyang April 15, 2017. The man is wearing the uniform of a North Korean tank commander. His pose, the direction he is looking and the flags of both the ruling Workers’ Party of Korea and the Korean People’s Army on the vehicles are deliberately placed to evoke the composition used in North Korean  propaganda style.  REUTERS/Damir Sagolj SEARCH "PARADE WID" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. - RTS12G5P

Nuclear power and nationalistic pride have converged in a high-stakes showdown Image: REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

Philip Shetler-Jones
Programme Lead, International Security, World Economic Forum
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