Analysis

US May Have Miscalculated How to Handle North Korea
South Korean trucks turn back after they were blocked access to the Kaesong joint industrial park in North Korea at a military checkpoint in Paju on April 4, 2013. North Korea blocked access to Kaesong for a second consecutive day today. (KIM JAE-HWAN/AFP/Getty Images)
April 4, 2013
| Security
| Asia and the Pacific
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As North Korea continues to make belligerent threats on a daily basis, including a new threat to attack the United States with nuclear weapons, U.S. officials reportedly are reconsidering their policy of standing up to Pyongyang with demonstrations of military force considering that this appears to have further provoked North Korean leaders and increased the prospects for a military conflict. This could be the beginning of a behind-the-scenes effort to give North Korea a face-saving way out of the current high state of tensions, as LIGNET explains.
Obama administration officials continue to insist that North Korea's rhetoric is bluster intended to force negotiations. Nevertheless, the United States is taking no chances, and announced yesterday it will deploy new missile defense batteries in Guam.
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