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DiMaggio: Kim Likely Now Feels 'Able to Deter' US Nuke Attack

DiMaggio: Kim Likely Now Feels 'Able to Deter' US Nuke Attack
North Korea dictator Kim Jong Un (AP)

By    |   Thursday, 08 March 2018 08:56 PM

North Korea is likely willing to sit down for talks with President Donald Trump because the rogue regime finally has the nuclear power to fend off any attack from the United States, one think-tank analyst believes.

In remarks to The Atlantic magazine, Suzanne DiMaggio, a senior fellow at the New America Foundation, said she would be "very cautious" in giving the administration too much credit.

"If you look at what the North Koreans have been saying, they have made it clear that they were willing to come to the table when they felt they were able to deter an attack from the United States," DiMaggio told The Atlantic. "Well, now they feel that they can do that."

According to DiMaggio, the move toward negotiation is not so much about what Washington does — tightening sanctions against North Korea, and persuading North Korea allies, including China, to increase pressure on the regime — than what has been happening in North Korea.

DiMaggio, who has visited North Korea several times, told the magazine North Korea's Kim Jong Un declared earlier this year the regime had perfected "the national nuclear forces."

"So if [talks with the U.S.] were to move forward, they would be coming to the table as a country that possesses nuclear weapons," she said. "That's a major difference. And I think that maybe that's given the confidence to initiate a return to talks now."

DiMaggio told the Atlantic "at this stage of the game, we don't know what exactly they mean when they say they are willing to talk denuclearization."

"So this may very well be a situation in which they are saying, 'We're ready to return to the table and at some point, depending on how things go, be agreeable to discussing denuclearization,'" she said. "But it's unclear exactly when that will happen . . . what needs to be done before we get to that point?"

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Suzanne DiMaggio tells The Atlantic that North Korea is likely willing to sit down for talks with President Donald Trump because the rogue regime finally has the nuclear power to fend off any attack from the United States, one think-tank analyst believes.
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