Jung Pak, senior fellow in Foreign Policy and the SK-Korea Foundation Chair in Korea Studies, discusses North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un’s rise to power, his objectives, and the United States’ military and diplomatic options for the Korean peninsula. In a new Brookings Essay, “The education of Kim Jong-un,” Pak further explains Kim’s upbringing and makes recommendations for thwarting Kim’s ambitions.
Also in this episode, David Wessel discusses his views on the recent volatility of the stock market and what relationship, if any, it has to the economy.
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[John Bolton’s statement that the North Koreans “have not lived up to the commitments” made in Singapore] totally cuts Secretary of State Pompeo and the special representative, Steve Biegun, at the knees. What is the incentive for North Korea to actually talk about the meat-and-potatoes of denuclearization with the special representative and with the secretary of state if the national security adviser has said nothing is happening so we have to go straight to the top?