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Pushing total disarmament hasn’t worked for 25 years — and it won’t work now


October 30, 2017
By Stephen Blank

What is the Trump administration trying to achieve in Korea? According to Secretaries James Mattis and Rex Tillerson, we seek “complete, verifiable and irreversible nuclear disarmament” there. That is hard enough to swallow for a regime that sees nuclearization as essential to its survival but we have made it worse by demanding this in advance of negotiation. Therefore this looks like a demand for regime change or regime suicide to North Korea’s leadership — not just Kim Jong Un.
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