February 21, 2024

North Korea offers what it doesn’t have

Pyongyang tries to bargain away illegal nuclear weapons program instead of facing responsibility

You have to give North Korea credit for practicing “Green Diplomacy” by recycling its negotiating proposals. For decades Pyongyang periodically advocates signing a peace treaty to reduce tensions which, of course, the regime is responsible for raising. Perhaps in honor of Earth Day, North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Su Yong reused Pyongyang’s January 2015 “no nuke test in return for no allied military exercises” proposal.

These and other diplomatic entreaties are consistent with Pyongyang’s long-standing attempts to deflect responsibility for its actions onto others. Pyongyang’s recent gambit has no more validity now than it did last year and should be rejected.