Mar 12, 2018
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.
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