Kim Jong Un is preparing to negotiate an end to the Korean War. His persistent aggressive rhetoric and actions, while building up his military capability, are typical of those preparing to enter negotiations. The history of underdog nations and nonstate movements seeking settlement supports this strategy as being commonly used.
Again, we have locked into two alternatives. The limited choices we have allowed are diplomacy and destruction. It is time to explore another alternative: to formally invite Korea to renegotiate the armistice and end the 60-year conflict. The participants would be the same as in the 1950s negotiations. Nuclear proliferation issues would be forbidden from the agenda.
This is a reasonable option. Who gains from not considering this overdue civilized formality? We must hear what is omitted and figure out why. What other way do we have to learn what Mr. Kim really wants?
John Hanson, Arlington