Doug Bandow on Trump's coping with the DPRK

Doug Bandow said that President Donald Trump's north Korean course must be respected.


He is a senior fellow at the Cato Institute, specializing in foreign policy and civil liberties. He worked as special assistant to President Ronald Reagan and editor of the political magazine Inquiry.


His argument was carried by the National Interest on November 2 under the title "Donald Trump's north Korea strategy must survive".


"Despite President Trump’s perverse desire to eliminate anything associated with Barack Obama, many of their foreign policies are similar. But not toward North Korea. This time whatever the transition, the new administration should follow the Trump blueprint in concept if not detail," Bandow wrote.


"Engagement should remain the watchword, and that decision should be communicated to Pyongyang as soon as the president-elect is known. As Washington’s ties with Beijing increasingly fray, it would be foolhardy to leave rocky relations with North Korea to chance. There already is enough crisis potential in Asia," he concluded.

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