Constructive Diplomacy Isn’t Possible When We Are Demanding Capitulation

Source: Eunomia
by Daniel Larison

“The goal of the complete denuclearization of the peninsula is at odds with engaging in constructive diplomacy with North Korea. As long as this remains the goal of U.S. policy, there is not going to be constructive diplomacy. When ‘denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula’ means nothing more than North Korea’s unilateral disarmament, North Korea isn’t going to ‘engage meaningfully’ with a demand for its own capitulation. Of course North Korea has ‘failed to engage,’ because they have no incentive to entertain the terms that the U.S. has set.” (03/15/23)