Pence now claims that the Trump administration is prepared to speak to North Korea:
“The point is, no pressure comes off until they are actually doing something that the alliance believes represents a meaningful step toward denuclearization,” Pence mentioned. “So the maximum pressure campaign is going to continue and intensify. But if you want to talk, we’ll talk.”
It’s not clear what the purpose of “talking” could be when the administration continues to be insisting on a demand–denuclearization–that the opposite facet won’t ever settle for. This will get to the center of the issue with U.S. coverage. North Korea won’t ever decide to a path in direction of denuclearization as a result of it considers its nuclear arsenal to be important to the regime’s survival, and our authorities appears decided to not face up the implications of this.
Peter Van Buren defined very nicely why denuclearization is a non-starter in his article on the primary web page final week:
The path to some type of peaceable co-existence on the Korean Peninsula lies in understanding survival, and which means North Korea can by no means denuclearize, a precondition the United States has insisted on earlier than negotiations can transfer ahead. If denuclearization was ever attainable, maybe via some type of safety assure, the possibilities had been lowered in March 2003 when Saddam Hussein, who had misplaced his weapons of mass destruction, discovered his nation invaded by the United States. And the likelihood evaporated utterly when, after Moammar Gaddafi agreed to get rid of Libya’s nuclear weapons program, he was pushed out of energy by American bombs in 2011.
If there’s any probability for talks with North Korea to yield one thing of worth, the U.S. and its allies should decrease their sights and modify their calls for accordingly. The Trump administration could also be paying lip service to the thought of speaking to North Korea, however till they cease chasing after the mirage of denuclearization there received’t be significant diplomatic progress between Washington and Pyongyang.