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The Economist's latest cover is extremely foreboding

On the cover of this week's issue, The Economist imagines a catastrophic endpoint to President Trump's standoff with reclusive North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un:

Last week, North Korea tested an intercontinental ballistic missile that experts say could be capable of striking Los Angeles. North Korea has conducted more than a dozen missile tests this year, including two ICBM tests, prompting Secretary of State Rex Tillerson earlier this week to say directly to Pyongyang, "We are not your enemy." Tillerson told the Hermit Kingdom that while the U.S. does "not seek regime change" or "an excuse to send our military north of the 38th parallel," it will not stand the "unacceptable threat" the nuclear missiles present.

Read The Economist's cover story, which seeks to explain how to avoid "blundering" into a nuclear war with North Korea, here.