North Korea’s failed missile launch test puts into question the next steps for the United States and the UN. Richard Bush, senior fellow and director of the Center for Northeast Asian Policy Studies, discusses the implications of the failed test, what North Korea will do next, and how it affects the status of the new, young leader in Pyongyang, Kim Jong-un.
[Regarding the Pyongyang declaration] We should recognize that 13 years ago [North Korea] agreed to far bigger concessions. Kim is trying to turn back the clock and set the terms of what he is willing to talk about. These are minuscule moves on Kim’s part and we should treat them accordingly.
[South Korean President] Moon’s challenge is get something from Kim [Jong-un] that he can then sell to [President] Trump. To judge from Trump’s endless flattery of Kim, this shouldn’t be too hard. The question is whether this game can persist indefinitely without definitive evidence of North Korean actions [as opposed to words] of what Kim has supposedly agreed to.