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North Korea
April 26, 2018

The Riddle of North Korea’s Diplomacy

John Hemmings

Famously, Donald Rumsfeld once said there are “known knowns, and then there are known unknowns”. With the current North Korea situation, this expression seems apt. There are things that we appear to know, for example the actual planned events, the negotiations which are moving dramatically forward, going from vague promises to actual dates. There are even known knowns about negotiating positions – so we know that the US does not wish to remove its troops from the Peninsula without a dramatic reduction in the threat to its ally the ROK. There are even unknown known knowns, like the fact that North Korea, which normally demands the reduction of US troops from the Peninsula has now withdrawn that demand. No one can answer why? Why has North Korea become suddenly so pliant and biddable in the run-up to the negotiations table?

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John Hemmings

About John Hemmings

Dr. John Hemmings is the founding Director of the Asia Studies Centre at the Henry Jackson Society and an adjunct fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. His research focuses on East Asia, Japan, Korea, China, India, and their relations with the West

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