Securing U.S. Objectives in North Korea: A Memo to President-elect Obama
Publication Date: January 2009
Publisher(s): Heritage Foundation (Washington, D.C.)
Special Collection: Presidential Advisory
Keywords: Presidential transition; Diplomacy; Foreign relations
Coverage: United States Korea (North)
North Korean denuclearization is a critically important goal, but how it is attained is equally important. Being excessively eager to compromise not only rewards abhorrent behavior, but also undermines the negotiating leverage that is necessary to get Pyongyang to abandon its nuclear weapons. An engagement policy toward North Korea should be based on several key negotiating precepts.