Magazine May 17, 2021, Issue

How Biden Can Reduce the North Korean Threat

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un speaks during the conference of the Central Military Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea. May 23, 2020. (KCNA/Reuters)
He must begin by correcting the mistakes of his predecessors

The review of North Korea policy announced by the Biden administration shortly after the president took office is still apparently a work in progress – but Kim Jong-un wrapped up his own review of North Korea’s Biden-administration policy in March. We know this because Pyongyang launched two short-range ballistic missiles that month, violating nearly a dozen U.N. Security Council resolutions specifically prohibiting such tests and daring Team Biden to do something about it. More challenges may soon be in store, given Pyongyang’s interest in testing both the performance of its latest WMD and the mettle of the new U.S. administration.


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Nicholas EberstadtMr. Eberstadt holds the Wendt Chair in Political Economy at the American Enterprise Institute. He is a founding member of the U.S. Committee for Human Rights in North Korea.

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