Biden And North Korea

It is not secret that I do not see much change in the US foreign policy under Biden……it will still be interventionist administration.

Since North Kora has unveiled a new missile we can start there….

North Korea displayed new submarine-launched ballistic missiles under development and other military hardware in a parade that underlined leader Kim Jong Un’s defiant calls to expand the country’s nuclear weapons program. State media said Kim took center stage in Thursday night’s parade celebrating a major ruling party meeting in which he vowed maximum efforts to bolster the nuclear and missile program that threatens Asian rivals and the American homeland to counter what he described as US hostility, the AP reports. During an eight-day Worker’s Party congress that ended Tuesday, Kim also revealed plans to salvage the nation’s economy, hit by US-led sanctions over his nuclear ambitions, pandemic-related border closures, and natural disasters that wiped out crops.

Kim, wearing a black fur hat and leather trench coat, waved and smiled widely as his troops chanted “Let’s defend Kim Jong Un with our lives!” Flag-waving spectators, unmasked despite a fervent domestic campaign to fend off the coronavirus, cheered as troops rolled out some of the country’s most advanced weapons, including submarine-launched ballistic missiles described by the official Korean Central News Agency as the “world’s most powerful weapon.” The new type of submarine-launched missiles is larger than the ones North Korea has previously tested. The North also displayed a variety of solid-fuel weapons designed to be fired from mobile land launchers, which potentially expand its capability to strike targets in South Korea and Japan, including US military bases there.

How will Biden handle North Korea?

Joe Biden promises to return U.S. foreign policy to its pre-Trump status quo, with a few tweaks. The Biden approach will restore relations with allies, champion multilateral approaches to global problems, reemphasize human rights and democratic norms, and promote selective engagement with major adversaries like China and Russia.

Although this return to the status quo ante is deeply reassuring to the Washington policy elite as well as key U.S. allies, the leadership in Pyongyang will not be so enthusiastic. North Korea has generally preferred bilateral negotiations with the United States, not multilateral talks. It has perceived closer U.S. relations with its allies (like South Korea and Japan) as an intensified encirclement. And it will view a restored emphasis on human rights and democracy as a challenge to its own sovereign right to control what goes on within its own borders.

Biden’s Approach to North Korea and the NPT Option

Then there is the leftovers from Trump….not to worry NK will always remain that other country that the US needs to deal with as soon as possible.

But will we?

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6 thoughts on “Biden And North Korea

  1. “The Biden approach will restore relations with allies”

    “[North Korea] It has perceived closer U.S. relations with its allies (like South Korea and Japan) as an intensified encirclement”

    Statements certainly contradict each other. Seemed to me that under Trump relations with allies more secure and vibrant than ever esp upgrading NATO and a very public cooperation with Japan and South Korea and Israel. And with Trump they could trust that in times of confrontation or threat of military action by our enemies Trump would always respond with a Ronald Reagan or Nixon type of counter measures. The operative word there is “trust”. No telling what kind of waffling and delusions Obama team would deliver or if any respose presented at all beyond some academic empty speak Obama diatribe. Russia, China, N Korea and Iran had no fear of and were very dismissive of any Obama “line in the sand” posture.

    1. Which allies is that? NK is not and was not an ally….Biden is a hawk….so confrontation is always on the table. As far as waffling goes there was no better than Trump. chuq

  2. Did not say NK an ally. Which allies relationships needs to be restored ? Don’t know any that got boken. What foreign affair matter did he waffle ? Did not bend in attempt to strangle Iran and NK. Move embassy to Jerusalem very very bold. No waffling demanding better trade agreements and no waffling on tax cut, build wall, $$$ for military and promise to have China virus vaccine before end of 2020. Confrontation on table ? Obama, Biden, Kerry chose to kiss Iran’s ass rather than confrom them as did Trump and they had no apparent plan to tame NK.. Trump did not waffle get out of Paris Climate and Iran deal and never waffled on law enforcement to bust sex trafficking.

    1. Most of Europe and some in the Balkans…move to J’town very stupid…..none of his games have helped the economy…markets yes but 2020 has been the worse economy in our history….both his decision were not helping anyone. chuq

  3. ‘The world’s most powerful weapon’?
    Somehow, I doubt that. The DPRK is poverty-stricken, and probably only has access to Chinese cast-offs. I think Kim is a good bluffer, but it’s not much of a bluff if it gets called.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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