I don’t know how much longer we will allow North Korea to dictate the terms of its relationship with the United States, but it is clear that this is precisely what it is doing. Whether the North Koreans engage in missile testing, or an actual nuclear test, or removing monitors, or–now–imprisoning American journalists, it always seems that the North Koreans find a way to keep the United States off balance. Sure, we reply with the contemplation of sanctions, but that never seems to do anything.
I don’t have any answers to this dilemma. But the dilemma is there. Somehow, the U.S. needs to find a way to gain leverage over the North Koreans in order to be more proactive in dealings with the Hermit Kingdom, instead of constantly reacting to every little thing that the North Koreans do.
I welcome ideas on that score, and I suspect that the U.S. government does as well. One thing is for sure; we cannot act as though we are on the cusp of a new, and potentially more promising relationship with the North Koreans. Clearly, that is not the case.