We must recognize that economic pressure will not alter the intentions of the Kim family regime — ever. We must dispense with the fantasy, still inexplicably maintained in various esteemed diplomatic circles and Western universities, that Pyongyang can somehow be pressured — or bribed — at this late stage into changing its mind about its multi-decade march to a credible nuke and missile arsenal. There is no “bringing North Korea back to the table” that ends with CVID — comprehensive, verifiable, irreversible denuclearization. Period.
March 9, 2018 at 4:30 PM EST