Yes. North Korea’s nuclear ambitions are scary. This has been a problem passed from Clinton to Bush to Obama and now to Trump. Problem is any easy solution, like direct military action, is only likely to make things a lot worse. Imagine a solution that everyone in the area, South Korea, Japan and China, to name a few, are strongly opposed to, and that South Korea is the likely target of retaliatory strikes. Trump ran a campaign of full of themes. Now the reality sets in. North Korea is not solved by tweets.
Kim Jong Un’s regime takes paranoia to extreme levels, maybe because their leader believes in an eventual war with the US or because it works. I believe it is the latter, because it distracts from the collapsing economy. Trump, much more than other presidents are playing right into the regime’s game of paranoia and nationalism.
Diplomacy has to be a back door, quiet process of compromise, to lift sanctions.
Washington Post contributer, Fareed Zakaria got it right: