February 27, 2002
President Bush has exercised needed corrective actions in U.S. policy toward the Korean Peninsula. The Bush administration’s recent actions — particularly the "axis of evil" statement and focusing on North Korea’s obstinacy toward inspections under the Agreed Framework – are useful first steps to develop a policy based on greater realism regarding the nature of our adversary in North Korea. I disagree with the statement in PacNet 7A ["U.S.-Korea Policy: Now What?" by Ralph A. Cossa] that including North Korea in the "axis" was "inaccurate, inappropriate, and potentially quite damaging." I believe it was accurate, entirely appropriate, and needed.