December 07, 2023

Unimaginative US response to North Korea does little to stop weapons advances

Washington should break out of its sanctions-focused limbo and propose a deal to ensure peace on the peninsula

U.S. and South Korean officials are becoming increasingly worried about the prospect of another North Korean nuclear test. 

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is far more concerned this year with advancing modernization plans than extending Washington an olive branch. This much is clear after Pyongyang’s first intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) in nearly five years and restoration work at its Punggye-ri nuclear site that could indicate a nuclear test is imminent.