Friends, I’m privileged today to have Tim Shorrock as a quest today. He’s written extensively about Korea. He grew up in Korea and Japan. His blog is “Money Doesn’t Talk: It Swears.” His most recent piece is Congress and North Korea: Diplomacy is Not on the Table. The Trump Administration has just dispatched the SAD system to South Korea, but the majority of the people of South Korea don’t want it. They want a less confrontational stance toward North Korea and China. Remember: one people, one country, one culture, one language. Tim Shorrock’s books include Spies for Hire: The Secret World of Intelligence Outsourcing. Welcome, Tim Shorrock.
Tim: Thanks very much.
Blase: I see here that diplomacy is not on the table. Why is that?
Tim: Well, about a month ago the senate held a rare hearing on North Korea policy and that was definitely the message from the senate and the people it had testify. You know, we’re basically in the end game with North Korea and the US must stop them from becoming a nuclear state. What’s happened in the last 8 years is nuclear weapon’s progress in North Korea – and they’re basically saying the only choice we have may be military action. That’s what Secretary of State Tillerson was talking about over the last couple of days. They’re basically throwing in the towel with respect to any negotiation, but there haven’t been any serious negotiations for years really. The only way to prevent a war is to have direct negotiations between the US and North Korea. That’s the way to resolve this entire situation. (Read More)