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Why the United States might accept a nuclear North Korea

March 22, 2018
By Elmar Hellendoorn

Many Americans were aghast at President Donald Trump's announcement this month that he would meet with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. But in moving toward diplomacy, Trump is following in the steps of previous presidents. If he continues down their path, the end result would be a deal that allows Pyongyang to keep its nuclear weapons not because Trump gets taken in by Kim, but because such a deal boosts American interests. Since the Second World War, the United States has laboured to prevent nuclear weapons from spreading. But once a country has them, Washington ultimately accommodates it, opting to develop some kind of diplomatic influence, if not control, over other nuclear powers, instead of going to war.
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