September 21, 2020

Absent calculated risks, U.S.-DPRK diplomacy getting nowhere fast

Trump's cancellation of Pompeo visit to Pyongyang shows a growing obsession with China trade gambit

If you are not making adequate progress in a negotiation, it may be rational to walk away from the bargaining table. But that is only the case if your adversary is more anxious to reach an agreement than you are.

North Korea is by no means immune from external pressure; the claim that sanctions have no effect is contradicted by Kim Jong Un’s preoccupation with the economy in recent months.