Read the full piece in the LA Times here.
Philip Coyle, a former nuclear weapons program executive and later a senior Pentagon official, said the U.S. successfully negotiated two weapons agreements with North Korea starting in the 1990s but let them lapse and squandered the next 15 years.
“It is colossal that we have wasted so much time and given North Korea so much ability to develop its weapons,” he said.
He said it is not too late to negotiate an agreement, noting that Iran was successfully pulled back from becoming a nuclear arms state.
“It is still possible to pull North Korea back, and the Iran deal shows it,” Coyle said.