Ann Wright’s 7/14/17 Article on North Korea

Published on Friday, July 14, 2017 by Common Dreams

US Experts Say North Korean Leadership May Be Ruthless and Reckless, But They Are Not Crazy By Ann Wright

‘Time is Not on Our Side’: Former senior US government officials say there must be dialogue with North Korea 

South Korean soldier on DMZ (Photo-Wikimedia Commons)














South Korean soldiers look toward the North Korean side along the DMZ that divides the two countries. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

Despite the rhetoric from the Trump administration about military confrontation with North Korea, the common theme of many U.S. experts on North Korea is that the U.S. presidential administration MUST conduct a dialogue with North Korea—and quickly!  Military confrontation is NOT an option according to the experts.

And most importantly, the new President of South Korea Moon Jae-in was elected in May 2017 on a pledge to engage in talks with North Korea and pursue diplomacy to finally officially end the Korean conflict. Nearly 80 percent of South Koreans support a resumption of long-suspended inter-Korean dialogue, according to a survey by a presidential advisory panel showed in late June.

On June 28, 2017, six former high level experienced U.S. government officials from both Republican and Democratic administrations over the past thirty years sent a letter to President Trump stating that “Kim Jong Un is not irrational and highly values preserving his regime… Talking is not a reward or a concession to Pyongyang and should not be construed as signaling acceptance of a nuclear-armed North Korea. It is a necessary step to establishing communication to avoid a nuclear catastrophe. The key danger today is not that North Korea would launch a surprise nuclear attack. Instead the primary danger is a miscalculation or mistake that could lead to war.” …

Together, they wrote:  “there are no good military options, and a North Korean response to a US attack would devastate North Korea and Japan. Tightening sanctions can be useful in increasing pressure on North Korea, but sanctions alone will not solve the problem. Pyongyang has shown that it can make progress on missile and nuclear technology despite its isolation. Without a diplomatic effort to stop its progress, there is little doubt that it will develop a long-range missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead to the United States.”

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