How did we get here? A look back at US-North Korea relations

How did we get here? A look back at US-North Korea relations (SBG)

President Trump Thursday announced that more sanctions will be placed on North Korea.

This after a speech Tuesday at the United Nations in which he said, “If it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea.”

But North Korea still seems emboldened, with no signs of a halt to its nuclear program on the horizon.

In an interview with Japan’s TV-ASAHI, North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho said this:

“If anyone thinks such remarks is any more than a dog barking can frighten us it is really no more than a wild dream."

So how did we get here? This week in a tweet, President Trump also blamed the Clintons for allowing North Korea to research and build nuclear weapons.

Michael Rubin, resident fellow at The American Enterprise Institute, sand the Clinton Administration does deserve some of the blame.

“What the Clinton administration did basically was allow North Korea to keep certain elements of its program and to reward it with billions of dollars in order to stop conducting other behaviors, and yet North Korea basically continued cheating the whole time.”

But Rubin, who also wrote the book "Dancing with the Devil - The Perils of Engaging with Rogue Regimes," added the George W. Bush administration is to blame as well, for taking North Korea off the state sponsor of terrorism list.

“It’s always disastrous when we look at diplomacy with sincerity and our adversaries look at diplomacy as an asymmetric warfare strategy meant to tie American hands,” he said in an interview Thursday.

In 2013, during the Obama administration, a Defense Intelligence Agency report revealed what we now know to be true:

“DIA asseses with moderate confidence The North currently has nuclear weapons capable of delivery by ballistic missiles, however the reliability will be low,” Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-CO) revealed during an April 2013 House Armed Services Committee hearing.

But the reality is North Korea has been pursuing nuclear weapons capabilities for four decades and experts say the country lives with the fear of a US invasion.

Jung Pak, chair of Korea Studies at the Brookings Institution, said, "We often forget how devastating the Korean War was. The North Koreans are indoctrinated from their birth into hating the United States.

"You can see school textbooks of children bayoneting us soldiers,” Pak continued.

Pak added that China’s role should not be ignored either.

“One of the key assumptions that North Korea has is that China will never abandon it because of a fear of stability on its borders with North Korea,” she said, adding that assumption is most likely correct.

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