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Kim Jong Un isn’t the only wild card in the North Korea crisis

South Korean ambassador Cho Tae-yul, center, with U.S. ambassador Nikki Haley, right, at the U.N. on Sept. 4

ON THE MORNING OF SEPT. 3, America’s top military, intelligence and diplomatic officials were summoned to present Donald Trump with their assessment of the mounting crisis on the Korean Peninsula. Events were moving fast. Over the course of the previous week, North Korea’s ruler Kim Jong Un had launched a missile on a 1,700-mile flight over Japan and publicly displayed what he claimed was a hydrogen bomb that could be placed atop an

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