Policy Analyst James McKeon was quoted in Bustle discussing the history of diplomacy with North Korea.
“Carter really took the lead in going over to North Korea, over some objections from the Clinton Administration, to establish the agreement,” James McKeon, a policy analyst at the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation, tells Bustle. “Because he went there, he met with Kim Il-Sung and other North Korean officials, and that laid the groundwork for the agreement to be officiated.”
But according to McKeon, the Trump Administration could benefit from Carter’s suggestion.
“President Trump could learn a lot from what Carter is trying to say, mainly that we should be talking to the North Koreans,” McKeon says. “This idea that we can sanction and condemn them and hope for the best has been a colossal failure. The Trump Administration needs to have a change in course, and that should be exactly what Jimmy Carter is proposing: direct dialogue with the North Koreans.” Read more