North Korea

Shifting the narrative on North Korea

Shifting the narrative on North Korea

The North Korean nuclear threat is too often portrayed as an insoluble problem, a choice between "holocaust or humiliation," in John F. Kennedy's words. But just as Kennedy, backed by vast nuclear superiority, looked for ways for the Soviet Union to extricate itself from the Cuban missile crisis, so should the Trump administration be searching for ways North Korea can escape from the corner into which its reckless leader has painted the country.

A diplomatic exit can be found by broadening the agenda beyond the nuclear issue. The few successes in negotiations since the 1990s with the father and grandfather of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un included elements that would...

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