torsdag 21. januar 2021

Biden inherits qualified North Korea policy failure

The recently-departed Trump Administration has touted the achievements of its North Korea policy.  These purported accomplishments include Trump’s claim that “there is no longer a nuclear threat from North Korea” and his insistence that a US war against the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) would have occurred had anyone other than Trump been US president.

A more accurate assessment, however, is that Trump was as unsuccessful as his predecessor presidents in imposing America’s will on Pyongyang, although Trump’s lack of success was singularly spectacular. Trump set the world on edge when he threatened to use military force to stop North Korea’s nuclear ICBM development, but then had the dubious distinction of being in office when the DPRK apparently attained the critical capabilities.