September 25, 2023

In Washington, worries of ROK nukes steal spotlight from North Korean missiles

US capital has shifted focus to trilateral pacts with Tokyo, info dissemination into DPRK — and China above all

In recent weeks, I made one of my periodic trips to Washington to meet with experts and policymakers. Perhaps never before have I observed such a decline in interest in North Korea in the U.S. capital.

The DPRK appears to have slipped off the U.S. foreign policy community’s radar, as Washington focuses almost entirely on China. Beijing is increasingly perceived as Washington’s primary challenge, and there is a strong desire to curtail Chinese influence in the region and beyond.