Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “Kim Jong-un”

The Trump Administration’s Dishonest North Korea Spin

Clinging to the lie that Kim made a commitment to disarm is absurd, and it makes it impossible to trust anything that the administration says about this issue.

Posted July 31st, 2018

Reneging on the Nuclear Deal Has Consequences

Trump doesn’t believe in mutually beneficial agreements, and so he insists on an all-or-nothing approach that always yields nothing.

Posted July 31st, 2018

The Administration Has to Accept That North Korea Isn’t Disarming

Negotiations with North Korea must have a realistic goal if the U.S. and its allies are to gain anything from them.

Posted July 26th, 2018

Trump Touts a ‘Contract’ with North Korea That Doesn’t Exist

If Trump thinks that he has somehow been betrayed or cheated, he is much more likely to listen to the ravings of Graham and Bolton.

Posted July 9th, 2018

The Administration’s All-or-Nothing Diplomacy Cannot Succeed

By repeatedly insisting that the U.S. won’t settle for anything less than their maximalist demands, the administration has ensured that the U.S. will come away from the process with nothing.

Posted July 6th, 2018

A President at War with Reality

A president that routinely lies to the public about major national security issues cannot be trusted to negotiate anything on behalf of the U.S.

Posted July 2nd, 2018

North Korea and ‘Useful Fictions’

We could promote the falsehood that the Singapore summit was a “rousing success” all we want, but that isn’t going to fool anyone for very long.

Posted July 2nd, 2018

Pompeo’s Nuclear Deal Hypocrisy

Pompeo denounced the very good nuclear deal with Iran as a surrender by the U.S. Now he is claiming that the U.S. can trust North Korean intentions just because Kim told him something.

Posted June 21st, 2018

The Trump-Kim Summit

North Korea’s arsenal is the reason they were able to receive the recognition and status that they now have, so they have every incentive to keep it.

Posted June 12th, 2018

The Photo Op Summit

A day before the summit with North Korea, the two sides appear to be as far apart on key issues as ever.

Posted June 11th, 2018

Pitfalls for the Singapore Summit

The administration continues to expect North Korea to agree to make major concessions in exchange for nothing.

Posted June 5th, 2018

Don’t Mention the (Libyan) War

Repeatedly bringing up the 2011 Libyan war in connection with North Korea diplomacy is either proof of the administration’s ineptitude or an attempt at deliberate sabotage of the negotiations.

Posted May 22nd, 2018

The Trump Administration’s Confusion and the North Korea Summit

It is only now beginning to dawn on the Trump administration that North Korea’s position isn’t what they thought it was.

Posted May 21st, 2018

Trump Doesn’t Have North Korea ‘Cornered’

North Korea’s behavior is not that of a government that feels trapped, but rather one that feels supremely confident that it has the advantage.

Posted May 18th, 2018

Trump’s Reckless Rhetoric on North Korea and Libya

Talking about “total decimation” if they don’t yield to U.S. demands will confirm the North Korean regime’s worst fears about U.S. intentions.

Posted May 17th, 2018

Trump Isn’t Bothering to Prepare for the North Korea Summit

The president’s ignorance and unpreparedness will make him an easy mark for both his hard-line advisers and the North Koreans.

Posted May 16th, 2018

Pompeo’s Contempt for Diplomacy and the Nuclear Deal

It is fitting that one of the first things that will happen during Pompeo’s tenure as chief diplomat is the repudiation of a successful diplomatic agreement solely for reasons of spite and ideology.

Posted April 29th, 2018