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Saturday, August 12, 2017

How to Resolve the North Korea Crisis - WSJ

So which parties should negotiate, and over what? An understanding between Washington and Beijing is the essential prerequisite for the denuclearization of Korea. By an ironic evolution, China at this point may have an even greater interest than the U.S. in forestalling the nuclearization of Asia. Beijing runs the risk of deteriorating relations with America if it gets blamed for insufficient pressure on Pyongyang. Since denuclearization requires sustained cooperation, it cannot be achieved by economic pressure. It requires a corollary U.S.-Chinese understanding on the aftermath, specifically about North Korea’s political evolution and deployment restraints on its territory. Such an understanding should not alter existing alliance relationships.

Paradoxical as it may seem in light of a half-century of history, such an understanding is probably the best way to break the Korean deadlock. A joint statement of objectives and implicit actions would bring home to Pyongyang its isolation and provide a basis for the international guarantee essential to safeguard its outcome.


This is our beloved national treasure Henry Kissinger. He's probably right about North Korea. This all seems a bit beyond Trump, however. Maybe his staff can help him.

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I'm half way through Ferguson's account of the first half of HK's life. It's been a pretty good read so far.

Posted by: dearieme | Aug 12, 2017 1:44:18 PM