Verifiable denuclearization is an impossible goal, not just because Kim Jong Un may not agree, but because such a deal couldn't be fully verified if he did. But this doesn't mean there is no deal worth making for America.
Mar 12, 2018
The Winter Olympics brought about the appearance of a rare détente between North and South Korea after years of threats and increasing tensions over Pyongyang's nuclear and ballistic missile programs. The two Koreas marched under a unified Korean flag, and North Korea invited South Korean President Moon Jae-in to Pyongyang for talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. But Moon warned against moving too fast toward rapprochement. He said the “right conditions” must first be created, including North Korean movement toward denuclearization.
In this Events @ RAND podcast, Bruce W. Bennett offers RAND alumni and supporters his analysis of recent developments in North Korea and suggests new strategies for putting pressure on Kim Jong-un at the negotiating table.
Senior International/Defense Researcher, RAND Corporation