Diplomacy Only Encourages North Korea

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Thanks to a new diplomatic deal, the nuclear stand-off with North Korea will allegedly end bloodlessly. In exchange for $400 million worth of aid and diplomatic concessions from the West, North Korea has promised to start disabling its nuclear facilities. This new arrangement is being celebrated as a levelheaded, practical, and win-win solution to the problem of the North Korean nuclear threat.

But this deal, like all previous ones, rewards the North for its aggression and strengthens it into a worse menace. North Korea has become a significant threat precisely because we have appeased it for years with boatloads of oil, food and money.


Some twenty years ago, North Korea