Replacing Washington’s failed North Korea policy

Source: Cato Institute
by Ted Galen Carpenter

“Throughout the series of crises during the spring and summer, US and allied officials continued to insist that a nuclear-armed North Korea, especially one with a robust delivery system of ballistic missiles, is ‘unacceptable’ and ‘intolerable.’ The Trump administration warns that ‘all options are on the table,’ implicitly including a preemptive US military strike. Yet the actual policy response to date has varied little from the measures implemented over the past quarter century. The strategy consists of gradually tightening economic sanctions, combined with making unrealistic demands and vague threats if Pyongyang does not agree to return to nuclear virginity and abandon its missile program. One thing should be extremely clear by now: that strategy has failed miserably.” (09/04/17)