Storms Brew in Pyongyang

North Korea is about to violate its recent missile-test agreement and several UN resolutions. Washington is running out of options.

A high-level negotiating effort is not likely to go over easily here or with U.S. allies—and could backfire with Pyongyang’s new political leadership. But this new approach offers the only way of moving the whole issue to a more conclusive stage. It would also make clear that the United States is willing to go very far to resolve this issue despite Pyongyang’s egregious behavior.

For the near term, however, the Korean climate is likely to become a bit stormy, adding some fuel to America’s own electoral storm this year.

Morton Abramowitz is a senior fellow at The Century Foundation and a member of The National Interest's advisory council.

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