December 03, 2021

To succeed on North Korea, Joe Biden needs to rethink his contradictory policies

The President-elect will likely be tougher on the DPRK, but may also support South Korean dreams of engagement

President Donald Trump’s approach to North Korea was defined by “tough” talk, threats and very little follow-through. It’s safe to say that many foreign policy analysts, particularly North Korea watchers, welcome a fresh start in January.

Biden’s previous executive branch experience was as part of an administration that was cautious – many would say to a fault – but this meant no preemptive military action, hollow summit declarations or deals that the U.S. couldn’t back out of if the North did not honor them.