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Cheat and retreat: Kim's nuclear promises

April 23. 2018 7:32PM

Ronald Reagan’s doctrine when negotiating arms control agreements with the Soviet Union was “Trust, but verify.”

Barack Obama’s approach to getting Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad to give up his chemical weapons was “Declare victory, and go home.”

We can’t yet know which path President Donald Trump will choose.

North Korean tyrant Kim Jong-un has said he will stop testing nuclear weapons, claiming that his country has completed development. Kim has not committed North Korea to denuclearization. Trump got ahead of himself on Twitter, typing, “they have agreed to denuclearization (so great for World), site closure, & no more testing!”

The White House, as is now routine, walked back Trump’s statement.

The Trump administration is pushing Kim to dismantle his nuclear arsenal before the U.S. lifts any economic sanctions.

For three generations, the Kim family has practiced a “cheat and retreat” strategy, pushing the world to the brink of war, and only then backing down.

Kim’s concessions should be viewed as a temporary retreat, not a surrender of his ambitions for regional hegemony.

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