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I hate to say it, but US North Korean policy makes no sense. For several decades the Intelligence Community when asked agrees unanimously that short of war Pyongyang will not give up its nuclear weapons. Despite this a series of Democratic and Republican administrations have all insisted that before any progress can occur in the relationship Pyongyang must completely denuclearize. Any policy based on wishful thinking rather than the harsh reality of North Korean maintaining what it considers an essential deterrent to the threat posed by the US and South Korea cannot succeed. Worse still those who continue to stand firm on the demand for total denuclearization are complicit in the meantime for any additions to the North’s nuclear weapons stockpile, the almost certain advances in the sophistication and capabilities of its missile force, expected warhead improvements, and its continued willingness to transfer its technological advances to the likes of Iran and Syria. Those holding firm to a policy of complete denuclearization should be held accountable for their actions.

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