I can’t see any conceivable solution to the North Korean crisis short of regime change. The reason for that is the near impossibility of verifying any agreement that puts a halt to North Korea’s nuclear program. I discussed this recently in, “An Ominous Cloud.” But it is just possible that we might be able to rid North Korea of its nuclear weapons, without a war. The solution would be for China, not simply to pressure North Korea, but literally to bring about (peaceful) regime change. Thanks to the success of the war in Iraq, that solution is now conceivable.