For The Federalist I prepared a quick analysis of the political and policy implications of the forthcoming U.S. – North Korea summit.
As I note in the piece, America must define what is in its national interest in North Korea, and have an understanding as to the regime’s ultimate goal.
Few have raised outgoing Pacific Commander Admiral Harry Harris’ view, in spite of his experience leading America’s forces in the region: That North Korea desires to reunify Korea under Communist rule, contrary to the conventional wisdom that Kim Jong-un’s nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles are solely about ensuring his regime’s survival.
Adm. Harris’ ignored perspective squares perfectly with what Kim Jong-il indicated in his purported last will and testament.
In fact, virtually all of Kim Jong-un’s actions have tracked perfectly with what his father allegedly counseled.
Read my take on the forthcoming talks here.