Playing the Same Game: North Korea's Coercive Attempt at U.S. Reconciliation

Author
Narushige Michishita
Content Type
Journal Article
Journal
The Washington Quarterly
Volume
32
Issue Number
4
Publication Date
October 2009
Institution
Center for Strategic and International Studies
Abstract
The nuclear and missile capabilities of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) are certainly improving, but that does not mean its strategy has changed. Those who argue that Pyongyang has abandoned diplomacy and chosen a military path risk missing the point: nuclear weapons and missiles are the means, not the ends. North Korea is actually taking necessary steps to prepare for future talks with the United States. In other words, North Korea is playing the same game again.
Topic
Diplomacy
Political Geography
United States, North Korea