Last week Secretary of State Mike Pompeo testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that U.S. policy toward North Korea continues to be based on complete denuclearization. Unfortunately, this goal is a fantasy which ensures that the administration will continue to achieve nothing involving the Korean peninsula, other than extending the existing military confrontation.
The three-decade anniversary of the start of Korea’s nuclear crisis, which began under the George H.W. Bush administration, is approaching. Washington’s position always has been complete, verifiable, irreversible denuclearization (CVID).
Washington’s stubbornness on this point triggered a bitter confrontation between the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) and the U.S. under the Clinton administration.