The Future of U.S.–Korean
"It is well-known that the Kim regime considers its survival to be dependent on both the possession of nuclear weapons and political repression. But North Korea also needs economic and political support from other countries to succeed. Strengthened U.S. and UN sanctions that limit North Korea’s sources of revenue could lead the regime to some rethinking of its position. In the area of human rights, more potent steps to align human rights and security might also give North Korea pause. The Trump administration should formulate a comprehensive policy that encompasses both denuclearization and human rights so as to move forward in a coordinated way on both fronts."
, Co-Chair Emeritus of the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea; Member of the National Coalition of Independent Scholars
"Uncertainty about the potential for a bilateral nuclear deal between the United States and North Korea or induced regime change could lead to trepidation among U.S. allies about being left on the sidelines or embroiled in a conflict. It could also be a catalyst for allies to adopt hedging strategies, including greater accommodation of China.... At present, any offer of economic inducements to entice North Korea to abandon its nuclear arsenal is an ill-conceived plan with little chance of success. Meaningful change will not occur until North Korea is effectively sanctioned and China becomes concerned about the consequences of Pyongyang’s actions and abandons its own obstructionism."
, Senior Research Fellow on Northeast Asia, Heritage Foundation
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