Trump’s North Korea strategy: A lot like Obama’s

August 8, 2017


President Donald Trump has vowed a “very severe” response to North Korea’s escalating development of missiles and nuclear weapons. But behind closed doors, the Trump administration is pursuing a strategy that’s not all that different from Barack Obama’s.

Administration officials are saying privately that a preventive military attack is “not on the table,” said Bruce Klingner, a veteran intelligence agent who works as a senior research fellow for northeast Asia at the influential Heritage Foundation. Instead, he said, they’re pursuing a five-part strategy similar to what the Obama administration employed — one that includes increasing pressure on both North Korea and the other countries that facilitate Kim Jong Un’s weapons program.

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