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PacNet #9A – Coercive Engagement toward North Korea

The Korean Peninsula is again becoming a focus of international concern. Kim Jong Un has announced that North Korea is ready to conduct another nuclear test, one that targets the United States, making a provocation even more provocative. Over the past two decades, international efforts mainly led by the US and the UN Security Council have not stopped North Korea’s nuclear ambitions, but have, at most, delayed the progress of North Korea’s nuclear program. A third nuclear test is imminent, and we are doing our best to stop it. But the fundamental issue is getting North Korea to abandon its nuclear program, not just postpone a test.