Council on Foreign Relations
Visiting Professor, Georgetown University
Professor in National Security Affairs and the Director of the Asia-Pacific Studies Group, U.S. Naval War College
Which option would be more effective in containing North Korea: Through unity with South Korea, diplomacy, or military intervention?
North Korea's ratcheting up of tensions requires South Korean and U.S. military forces in Korea to be prepared to defend against North Korean military incursions. Resumption of diplomacy will only be possible when North Korea signals it is ready to resume dialogue and all parties agree on an agenda that includes both tension-reduction and denuclearization.
Jae-Ho Chung of Seoul National University discusses the new Park Geun-hye administration's security challenges and limited policy options.
Escalating tensions on the peninsula due to North Korea's recent provocations motivate Presidents Xi Jinping and Park Geun-hye to closely coordinate policies toward the North. However, Beijing's shifty stance on sanctions, an increase in Sino-DPRK economic exchanges, and the obstacles to China-South Korea-Japan trilateral cooperation impede North Korea policy alignment between Beijing and Seoul. Still, the willingness of both leaders to improve bilateral relations offers a silver lining, explain CFR's Scott Snyder and See-won Byun of George Washington University.