Right now, every news cycle brings us closer to what looks like a nuclear confrontation with Kim Jong Un, the third generation of dictators in a country that known boundless sorrow and hunger, yet still hates the United States of America without looking once in the rearview mirror.

Fifty-four years later, North and South Korea are still technically at war, long after American troops retreated from the battlefield in a negotiated armistice, which is a polite way of saying we got the hell out of that three-year nightmare.

The United Nations, with the United States as the principal force, came to the aid of South Korea. China then came to the aid of North Korea and the Soviet Union gave some assistance.

Monica Crowley, a Senior Fellow at the London Center for Policy Research and member of the Council on Foreign Relations, says the Trump administration still has some options in dealing with the hyper-aggressive actions of the regime and many people are confused about which path to take.

Crowley says that “President after President has taken the relatively easy route out, kicking the can down the road. Showering the North Koreans with goodies doesn’t stop them. Sanctions, economic sanctions levied multiple times doesn’t seem to stop the regime. The west simply has not had the appetite to confront threats before they develop into larger ones. I still think there is a little bit of a window here, no one wants to talk about military action.”

Nikki Hailey, the United Nations Ambassador, was on national TV saying that Kim Jong Un seems to be begging for confrontation.

Psychologically, he’s one of the most unstable dictators in the world, so the question becomes ‘How do you deal with somebody like that?’

“It’s like dealing with a terrorist organization,” says Crowley. “There are no negotiations to be had. It is a communist regime. I think ultimately, he’s not THAT crazy, but all negotiations over the past 25 years have failed. He does have an active nuclear program and he does have nuclear weapons. to me, the only thing that will get his attention is military action.”

Crowley says that short of military action, economic sanctions may be route to go. “We know Kim Jong Un likes luxury goods, pretty women and to eat well.”
Crowley adds that squeezing the dictator might not be enough to get him to relinquish his nuclear power, but it might be enough to get him to the table.

 

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