September 27, 2021

Why a return to “maximum pressure” seems unlikely – for now at least

It is in Trump's interests to maintain the illusion of progress for as long as possible

One of the impressions I got from my recent (and lengthy) Washington stay is that the majority of North Korea watchers, in spite of being critical of the Singapore summit and its meager results, still tend to say that the meeting achieved at least one thing.

It is believed that the Singapore agreement, as nebulous and dubious as it was, removed the threat of war, which loomed large through the year 2017, when Pyongyang and Washington exchanged grave threats on a hitherto unthinkable scale.