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An undated picture released by North Koreas Korean Central News Agency on March 7.

The somewhat surprise announcement of hawkish John Bolton as the new National Security Advisor to U.S. President Donald J. Trump sent a shiver up the collective spines of world politics and defense watchers. The reason: there’s very real fear that Bolton’s worldview – that the United Nations and international law are meaningless, the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq was a good idea, and China and Russia are not to be trusted – could push countries around the world to ramp up their military forces.

The biggest concern is an escalating arms race in the development of long-range missiles. The United States, United Kingdom, Russia, China and France are the only countries capable of striking any spot on Earth with a missile. For now.

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