February 21, 2024
Opinion

Will President Trump abandon South Korea?

Whether Trump will hold to his campaign rhetoric remains to be seen

The consensus finally seems to be that there are only three options with regard to dealing with North Korea. As explained in a number of analyses recently, all the options discussed are really only variants of (a) diplomacy and negotiations, (b) forcing the regime to change its behavior, or (c) forcing a change in the regime itself.

The first option is what has been tried for the last few decades. The second option is generally seen as a series of sanctions designed to bring the regime to its knees – to its sense, if one accepts what the current U.S. administration believes. The third option is pre-emptive military strikes designed to either cripple the country into submission or to decapitate its leadership.