May 28, 2023

Why it’s time for South Korea to take more responsibility for its defense

An increase in spending on the part of Seoul could allay fears of an alliance decoupling

Let’s begin with what is almost a certainty: North Korea will not give up all its nuclear weapons and long-range missiles, nor will it agree to any comprehensive inspection regimen.

While Pyongyang may yet agree to a freeze, everything else flows from the overwhelmingly convincing evidence that Kim Jong Un will not surrender the “treasured sword” that guarantees his security.