Friday, March 09, 2012

How to Negotiate with North Korea

I know I've blogged about North Korea before, but this article in Foreign Policy--Let North Korea Keep Its Nukes--has all the risks, but none of the safeguards I blogged about.

So let's try this way: negotiations begin, and end, with fissile material. They give us fissile material, we give them some large multiplier of its value in aid. They don't have to give up their nukes, as though they would anyway, but with every purchase we'd be reducing the total amount that could be diverted to other ends.


Blogger Yoel Natan said...

Why they don't do anything is: 1) H-bomb armed China, and 2) N Korea has 20,000 artillery pieces aimed at Seoul, S Korea, which is well within range. Any war might mean half a million dead in the first day.

My belief is that the strategy is to just wait the threat out. China may become less threatening by the year, and N Korea may too, but at least with N Korea, they've only worked themselves up to WWII technology (the A-bomb and V2s basically) in the last 55 years since the end of the Korean War. If we have to confront N Korea in war, let it be with us having rail guns and military grade lasers that can take out all their artillery in a half hour.

11:44 PM  
Blogger Octavo Dia said...

You'll note that I blogged exactly those reasons for avoiding war in my first link above.

The trouble is, no politician can say "We'll just do nothing" and (a) hope it works and (b) stay in office. Even if it doesn't work, this would at least provide some benefit (which is notably absent from the current approach) and will provide some semblance of action while muddling through.

8:16 AM  

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