The Trump Administration ‘Gets Tough’ on North Korea

April 19, 2017

Geopolitical Monitor

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Summary

In a recent trip to South Korea, US Vice President Mike Pence warned Pyongyang that the era of strategic patience was over, and that “the world witnessed the strength and resolve of our new president in actions taken in Syria and Afghanistan.” The message is clear: stop with the missile and nuclear tests or face the wrath of the US military.

Yet North Korea is not Syria, nor is it Afghanistan or Iraq for that matter; it is a nuclear-armed state adversary with a large army and a capable military. Where 59 Tomahawk missiles might be enough to cow the Assad government, they would risk unleashing unmitigated slaughter on the Korean Peninsula.

 

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