The Trump administration, thankfully, is taking the North Korea situation far more seriously than its predecessors. When President Trump met with China’s leader, Xi Jinping, in April, he pressed the Chinese president to take meaningful measures to curb North Korea’s aggressiveness. So far, China hasn’t followed through successfully. That’s why there are several steps the U.S. should take immediately, which would start to inflict serious economic pain on Pyongyang and put pressure on China to make good on its own pledges.
Bar any travel to North Korea by U.S. citizens that is not explicitly sanctioned by Washington.While the State Department strongly warns U.S. citizens not to go to that odious country, that’s not the same as an outright prohibition. Remember, every dollar spent in North Korea by an American goes directly into the hands of murderously psychotic dictator Kim Jong-un to finance his nuclear and terrorist activities.
Put North Korea back on the U.S. list of terrorist states. In a misbegotten bout of appeasement President George W. Bush removed that designation in 2008, in the hopes that doing so would induce Pyongyang to keep its promises to throttle back its nuclear and missile programs. We’ve seen how successful that Neville Chamberlain-like move has been. Pyongyang has routinely violated such agreements since Bill Clinton began this abject appeasement process in 1994.
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