More than 50 global leaders will meet in Seoul, South Korea next week to advance talks on nuclear security. While the first Nuclear Security Summit was held in Washington in 2010 and laid the foundation for securing the world’s loose nuclear materials, next week’s talks will likely be impacted by North Korea’s planned satellite launch in April. Still, the talks should produce some sort of an accord, notes Senior Fellow Jonathan Pollack.
[The exchange of threats and military posturing between the United States and North Korea] raises the stakes. With the United States and others talking far too loosely about the prospects of a pre-emptive strike, that’s what would trigger retaliatory actions by North Korea.
[With the current level of tensions over North Korea,] [w]e could stumble needlessly into what would be the biggest crisis in East Asia since the United States intervened in the Korean War in 1950