North Korea’s recent launch of a mobile intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) is a troubling milestone. The rogue regime obviously has no plans of quitting its nuclear program, and is increasingly resistant to diplomatic efforts. Heritage expert Bruce Klingner was among the small U.S. delegation present at the most recent diplomatic negotiations with North Korea, held in Sweden.
In a Washington Post report, Klingner had this to say about the negotiations:
We tried repeatedly to ascertain whether any combination of economic and diplomatic benefits or security reassurances could induce Pyongyang (the capital of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea) to comply with its previously negotiated commitments and with U.N. resolutions. The answer was an emphatic, unwavering no….
Our North Korean interlocutors presented a stark choice: “First accept us as a nuclear state, then we are prepared to talk about a peace treaty or fight. We are ready for either.”
Klingner goes on to outline Heritage’s recommendation that the Trump administration should strengthen sanctions and impose new ones to make North Korea’s pursuit of nuclear weapons more difficult.
Watch Klingner’s response to North Korea’s ICBM launch on CNN’s “NewsRoom” below:
Thanks to you, Heritage experts have been able to impact the public debate on this vital issue. They have quickly responded to news of North Korea’s latest test through numerous appearances on news networks and through publications. This critical national security threat is certainly a top concern for every American and a priority for us as we work with decision-makers to provide key policy insights going forward.
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