But if North Korea does not disarm—or even advances nuclear arms production—and Washington has dropped its military readiness on the peninsula to mollify Pyongyang, then the United States risks being caught off guard. The most likely intermediate outcome is a new dynamic equilibrium, where shifting perceptions position North Korea for growing diplomatic and eventually economic ties with major actors in Northeast Asia—including China and Russia—even as its nuclear capabilities remain. This will be particularly so in the absence of a real nuclear deal with Washington.
Rather, it demands a careful, tactically flexible approach in which economic, diplomatic, and military pressure can be scaled up or down incrementally.
2017–18 North Korea crisis
After six decades of ambiguity between peace and war with North Korea, the United States must also operate in the gray zone. She specializes in nuclear nonproliferation, arms control, the two Koreas, and East Asian relations. Nicholas D. He applies neuroscientific, behavioral, and technological insights to understand decision-making in politics and international confrontations. Wright previously practiced internal medicine and clinical neurology in Oxford and London.
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The Trump Administration has said it wants to quickly achieve denuclearization in North Korea, believing this can be done in one or a few meetings. There have been many agreements with North Korea under previous US administrations that the North has not abided by. To think this will be a quick process is to ignore the history of North Korean nuclear negotiations. Decades of sanctions and isolation of the North Korean regime have only caused the country to advance its nuclear weapons and ballistic programs, not to dismantle them.
North Korea will not just hand over its weapons without getting something in return, and there is no history to suggest otherwise. The Trump-Kim June summit must be viewed as the beginning of a negotiation process—not the end in and of itself. Because the United States could not address all of the key issues for a tough and smart deal, it needs to keep returning to the table until it can.
The goal for a deal with North Korea is reducing the threat the country poses to the United States, not simply gaining publicity for the president. Only journalists—not nuclear experts—were on site to verify whether the destruction was done fully and is not reversible. He then lowered expectations for the summit, claiming it was simply an opportunity to get to know Kim Jong-un.
But negotiating against himself is no way to achieve a good outcome for America. The United States must go into further negotiations with a clear, realistic strategy, viable end-goals, and strong demands for North Korea. The agreement signed by President Trump and Kim Jong-un did not include any agreed-upon definitions or commitments as to how North Korea will denuclearize and what verification for this process would look like.
Kim visited China immediately before the summit and shortly thereafter—meeting both times with Chinese President Xi Jinping. The resolution of hostilities with North Korea must not also open the door for China to have more power and impose its will on US allies in the region. China continues to threaten our allies over a number of territorial disputes, and it has a history of malicious behavior toward the United States e. This only served to create chaos and confusion instead of advancing peace. By mentioning Libya and then backtracking, the Administration showed North Korea and the rest of the world that it does not have unified policy goals for North Korea.
The signal this sends to North Korea is unmistakable: what the United States agrees to today may not, in fact, be what the United States respects tomorrow. Unfortunately, in return, when President Trump cancelled the summit with North Korea, he did not notify South Korea ahead of time. An effective and sustainable deal with North Korea can only be negotiated if our partners in the region are in lock-step with us.
Any effective deal going forward will likely have to involve changes to United States and international sanctions on North Korea. For that to work, US partners in imposing these sanctions must agree to do so. Keeping them in the dark on negotiations will only set up a deal for failure.
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Kim agreed to inspections of his facilities by neutral independent weapons inspectors—but, thus far, that has not happened. President Trump sacrificed the readiness of American troops in South Korea without achieving any major concessions from North Korea. He has given North Korea legitimacy as a nuclear power on the global stage while giving away key leverage the United States had for negotiations. Moreover, by praising Kim Jong-un profusely, despite his grotesque human rights record, President Trump has made the United States look desperate for a deal while giving credibility to a brutal dictator.
North Korea has continued to make developments in its ballistic missile and nuclear weapon program since the summit. In November , reports indicated that North Korea is advancing its ballistic missile program at 16 hidden bases, which boosts their capability of launching nuclear warheads that can reach the United States. With what little the June Trump-Kim summit achieved, the Trump Administration should now focus its efforts on the task at hand: achieving measurable outcomes from the Kim regime that actually eliminate the threat of its nuclear weapons program. Not another flashy summit that will yield little results.
Ultimately, negotiations are the best option to reduce the threat of North Korea and maintain the security of the United States and its regional allies. But a smart and tough deal with North Korea must include strong and transparent inspection and verification mechanisms to ensure that the North is not able to cheat on any deal, be closely coordinated with US regional allies who provide critical deterrence against North Korean aggression, and eliminate the capability of North Korea to hit the United States with a nuclear bomb.
In signing the June 12 deal with Kim Jong-un, President Trump gave away more and got less than any other American president—and the commitments he did receive have already been broken. The Trump Administration should focus on getting a smart and tough deal from North Korea, rather than holding frivolous summits that do not achieve concrete solutions.
Pyongyang thrives on provocation. Washington has to learn to counter it.
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