May 17, 2022

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Pompeo in North Korea: worse than we thought

The Secretary of State's visit raised, rather than lowered, the risk that progress will stall

If North Korea has made the “strategic shift” that Secretary Pompeo claimed they had, there is precious little from his trip to Pyongyang this week to demonstrate it.

With a stream of revelations about ongoing nuclear and missile activities, the Secretary was reduced to bargaining over a small-bore concession that had supposedly already been granted: the destruction of a missile-engine test stand.