North Korea's Greatest Fear: The Air Force Destroys Their Country (Again)

Daniel R. DePetris
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Daniel R. DePetris

Security, Asia

It already happened once.

North Korea's Greatest Fear: The Air Force Destroys Their Country (Again)

One can argue why the Kim regime decided to embark on developing a nuclear weapons program. But there is a persuasive case to be made that the Korean War and the way the conflict was prosecuted was the first spark.

Can the United States and North Korea arrive at a deal—any deal—on denuclearization, normalization of relations, or at the very least a nuclear freeze? Given the holding pattern in nuclear diplomacy since the second summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un in Hanoi, the prospects don’t appear particularly bright.

(This first appeared several weeks ago.)

The hold-up in the talks, however, is not simply the product of personality clashes, maximalist negotiating positions, and incongruent objectives between Washington and Pyongyang. History also has a lot to do with it.

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