Our approach to North Korea’s threats is counter-productive. It is clear that Kim Jong Un fears threats and sanctions from the United States. He wants to protect his nation and his reputation from such attacks.
However, the truth is that we have no intention of invading or attacking North Korea. What would we gain by such action? It is half-way around the world and has almost no impact on life in the United States. Why do they fear invasion or conﬂict with the United States? What do we do to make them feel threatened?
Our approach to Kim Jong Un is to assure him that he is not threatened by us or by our allies. How would it help America to attack or invade North Korea? We have indeed promised retaliation against their aggressive actions, but not to initiate any. Assure him that there is nothing to retaliate against. Rather than hype up the threat of conﬂict, let us prove to him and to North Korea that there is no threat from us. We might even consider some agreements about trade and commerce.
Their press promotes the threat of sanctions or attacks from the United States and the western world. Show them that those fears are unfounded. Our clear action is not to offer violent counter threats, but to assure them, that we have no evil intent for them or for their people.
Our current interaction with them is very small, both on the American side and on the Korean side. We should make a concerted effort to counter their false belief that they are under threat from the United States. Why should they need to mount military forces to prevent an attack which is not even considered? We are much better off trying to show them that they are not under threat as they have come to believe. Perhaps we should offer to open up some commerce between our nations and show them that if we work together, both nations will gain beneﬁts. Fighting will not help either of us.
This crisis is based on misinformation. Correct the misinformation to Kim Jong Un and his people. This egotist will be difficult to convince. His people will be much more easily convinced. Our North Korean effort should go to prevent a conﬂict, not to win one.