Leon V. Sigal

Articles by Leon V. Sigal

20 December 2011

1994 Redux: The rebirth of North Korean leadership

Leon V. Sigal

"It's déjà vu all over again," as Yogi Berra once said. In June 1994 the United States and North Korea were negotiating a deal designed to halt and eventually eliminate the North's nuclear weapons program when Kim Il-sung died suddenly. The talks were recessed.

1 September 2010
On March 26, 2010, North Korea attacked the South Korean vessel Cheonan, killing 46 people and making it one of the deadliest encounters in Korea in recent years. This attack followed a year of mounting
28 May 2009

Punishing North Korea won't work

Leon V. Sigal

Despite the promise of change, the Obama administration has started to address North Korea just as the Clinton and Bush administrations did--accusing it of wrongdoing and trying to punish it for its transgressions. As Pyongyang's recent nuclear test demonstrates, the crime-and-punishment approach has never worked in the past and it won't work now. Instead, sustained diplomatic give-and-take is the only way to stop future North Korean nuclear and missile tests and convince it to halt its nuclear program.

28 January 2009

What Obama should offer North Korea

Leon V. Sigal

As if President Barack Obama hasn't inherited enough trouble from his predecessor, nuclear negotiations with North Korea are once again headed for trouble. In return for energy aid, North Korea agreed at the latest round of Six-Party Talks in December 2008 to complete the disabling of its plutonium program. The Bush administration, however, insisted that the disablement be verified--moving the goalposts beyond what the six parties had previously agreed to do.

1 November 2003
China, Japan, South Korea, and Russia are all doing their part. Now the United States needs to get down to business.