While some in Washington have claimed that North Korea’s nuclear capabilities are “no longer a threat,” Heritage experts are far from convinced and have been active in the media urging vigilance.

All of North Korea’s nuclear programs “are continuing, perhaps even expanding,” Bruce Klingner warned in an interview with CNN.

And while it’s a positive sign that North Korea is making moves to dismantle its missile-testing facilities, Heritage expert Olivia Enos went on Fox News to say that we should “not necessarily overstate its benefits.”

“We still have to watch and see what North Korea does when it comes to denuclearization,” she cautioned.

Similarly, North Korea’s decision to return the bodies of fallen U.S. soldiers from the Korean War doesn’t move the nuclear-threat needle. Klingner agreed that “any day America gets some of its fallen warriors back is a good day,” but noted there’s no evidence yet of denuclearization in an interview with the BBC.

Because of you, the conservative perspective on North Korea’s actions can inform Americans everywhere. Heritage will continue to pay close attention to events as they unfold.

How do you think America should move forward with North Korea?

Comments (25)

Veda Connolly - August 4, 2018

Continue negotiating, certainly. However, any increase in nuclear weapons should be watched and Trump should continue to earn them. It worked.
On another note, someone should control that Twitter account for his comments.

David V Lofton - August 4, 2018

Continue dialogue with North Korea but with both eyes open, a swiveling head to see 360 degrees to catch what is coming before it hits, with skepticism, by monitoring via satellite to confirm what they claim they are doing to dismantle aggressive weaponry (mostly nuclear facilities) and insist the NK dictator open communication capabilities between their citizens and those of South Korea. Let NK citizens see and talk to their SH counterparts/families.

Peter - August 4, 2018

Let Trump be. Talk is better than silence.

Jerry O Wilkins - August 4, 2018

Yes, continue negotiations w N. Korea, but work primarily through S. Korea & encourage the growing positive relationship b/n the two Korean Presidents. And by all means hold off on war games & maneuvers which contradict our good intentions!

Jan Scott Rowland - August 4, 2018

Firmly. It should be as if President Trump believed the promises made by Kim. Then, if he appears to renege, we should re-engage the sanction screws with a good measure of vigor. Reward good behavior, punish the bad.

Erik Nicolaysen - August 4, 2018

Verify everything. Accept nothing that is said unless it can be checked on. In the 50″s they ignored all human standards and I have seen nothing to indicate they have changed. Their civilian population is still being treated the same. No wonder so many fled to the south following our withdrawing troops.

Rachel Melahn - August 4, 2018

In my humble opinion we should stop foreign aid and to North Korea and apply some sanctions if they won’t allow us to see their nuclear site.

William Coates - August 4, 2018

We should have antimissile defenses in place that can intercept ICBM launches from North Korea. It only takes one small nuclear warhead 300 miles over Kansas to take down the entire electrical grid. ICBMs are very hard to catch in mid-flight. However, this would not address the problem of sea-launched missiles from any source. It will be very difficult to guarantee that no nuclear development is ongoing – a complete cultural change would be required, and diplomats are not very good at that. South Korea can help with that.

Sandra Lisella - August 4, 2018

keep a vigilant watch over North Korea be very consistent and aggressive Make sure the door is open between No Korea and So Korea Don’t trust what is told without verifying it

Jim Ratliff - August 4, 2018

According to the little book “the one minute manager”, if you don’t inspect don’t expect. Every time you blink, your eyes close. Eyes wide open. Don’t give one inch. No signs of weakness on our part. Denuclearization is a must for the Korean Peninsula. After all, they really do not like us.

Stephen C Smith - August 4, 2018

Continue the “carrot and stick” approach to North Korean denuclearization. Reward NK’s positive and verifiable moves toward getting rid of their nuclear capability. However, the key to this whole approach is China. In my view, the evidence is pretty strong that China was the key motivator in getting Kim Jong-Un to the negotiating table. The Chinese must be prodded to bring their considerable influence to bear on NK to keep the positive momentum going. How do we influence Chinese actions on this issue, you might ask? While the announced imposition of tariffs against Chinese goods is primarily an economic move, I believe that Chinese cooperation against NK can be effectively stimulated by tying their involvement in pressuring NK to move forward in deleting their nuclear capabilities, if they understand that it will be much easier to resolve the issue of reducing/eliminating some of the new U.S. tariff system if they play a STRONGLY positive role in stabilizing the North Korean nuclear question.

Chris Milord - August 4, 2018

Back channel negotiations ought to continue despite N. Korea’s track record of broken promises. China, Japan, and S. Korea should also have some input in future bargaining. Denuclearization will likely take years to complete, while sanctions coupled with ironclad verification protocols must be implemented until N. Korea complies. The USA and its allies must also work toward eliminating the biological and chemical weapons stockpiles of the N. Korean regime. N. Korea will only respect the “peace through strength” philosophy of Ronald Reagan.

Edythe g mccormick - August 4, 2018

Depending on previously planned sanctions, I would like to expose North Korea’s s continued violations. I would like to see us put an end to their purchasing the chemicals and parts needed for nuclearization. In this case we would also need to stop whichever countries are selling of them to the North Koreans. I don’t know any other of our sanctions we could use. (What I really would like is to take this man and his top staff out permanently. However I am sure there would be horrible repercussions .)

Earl Nance - August 4, 2018

We need to move forward with great caution while being fully prepared to defend our freedom, and that of our allies.

David Juncer - August 4, 2018

Continue negotiations, of course, very carefully. Verify, then verify again. NKorea hasn’t been honest with us in fifty years, they only re-act to pressure. Return of remains is good, but not the first time they’ve given us a few. They probably have more warehoused for the occasional showing of “good will.”

patsy thomas - August 4, 2018

The U.S. needs to continue to perfect the anti-missile “take down” Lockheed has been working on, to be ready to demonstrate how we deal with Korea’s missiles.

A, Johnson - August 5, 2018

We should insist on having US inspectors in NK to witness the dismantling of the weapons of mass destruction.

Lyn Roberts - August 5, 2018

In the words of R.R., “Trust and verify”. Continue to hold them accountable with sanctioning.

raymond joyner - August 5, 2018

Think Germany and Japan 1930s.
N. Korean leadership seems to be a lot like those leaders that were quite willing to go to war to achieve their goals and played “diplomacy” game as long as it took to get strong enough to win militarily.
U.S. nearing crossroad where we will have to demand no Nukes or continue the patient route.
Best we learn to play tough. China not predictable ally at this time.
Canny similarity with NK and Iran.
No more nice with Korean leadership. Now.

Bonnie Winslow - August 5, 2018

Use the Reagan philosophy–‘trust but verify’ with a de-emphasis on the trust part and a huge emphasis on VERIFY!!!

Robert Koerner - August 6, 2018

We should be very cautious!

Michael Luongo - August 6, 2018

My comment is on the Fed i.d law buy 20/20 I am a member I email you about 2weeks ago no response you have millions of illegal immigrants running around doing god knows what but they feds want to have a database on every American I can seand ifthis was part of voter i.d o.k. how is not government over reach?sowing i.d. to vote is a burden but this is not that’s crap I want a response from you or I can no longer support your cause

Linda Carpenter - August 6, 2018

I think North Korea needs to move forward before America does anything further.

Cheryl Grosser - August 7, 2018

Keep a watchful eye on this situation NK may speak on both sides of the mouth.

Judy Tinsley - August 11, 2018

I agree with Connie’s post of President Reagan’s comment … trust but verify. I feel confident that verification is being accomplished under this administration.

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