The 2015 deal is a much-needed force for good. It’s vital that Britain and other nations convince the US hawks to retain it

In his speech to the United Nations general assembly on Tuesday, Donald Trump put “Rocket Man”, as he likes to call North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, on notice that America stands ready to destroy Kim and his country if forced to defend itself or its allies.

Neither Trump nor any other rational being wants nuclear conflict in east Asia. But his remarks were a further sign of how dangerous the crisis caused by Kim’s provocative behaviour has become. Diplomats are going to have their work cut out.

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