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(International Herald Tribune)

A Different Axis: Don't Try Regime Change in North Korea

by Bruce W. Bennett and Nina Hachigian

January 31, 2004

Is it time for Operation Korean Freedom? The regime change in Iraq has prompted some to urge regime change in the other two members of the President George W. Bush's "axis of evil," North Korea and Iran.

North Korea is the target of most of the regime-change enthusiasm, because of that nation's behavior over the last 18 months: admitting and then denying uranium enrichment efforts and nuclear weapon possession, withdrawing from the Nonproliferation Treaty, throwing out International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors and threatening to test a nuclear weapon. These acts have solidified its status in many eyes as an international villain...


Bruce Bennett is a senior analyst and Nina Hachigian is director of the Center for Asia Pacific Policy at the RAND Corp., a nonprofit research organization.

The remainder of this op-ed can be found at nytimes.com.

This commentary originally appeared in International Herald Tribune on January 31, 2004. Commentary gives RAND researchers a platform to convey insights based on their professional expertise and often on their peer-reviewed research and analysis.