The United States' involvement on the Korean peninsula has always oscillated between extremes, especially when dealing with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and Washington has used a variety of policies ranging from engagement to threats in order to try to steer North Korea out of a seemingly roguish path. Some argue that American sanctions have been rather ineffective at pressuring Kim Jong-il's dictatorship since both China and South Korea have been helping North Korea financially, thus largely offsetting the sanctions' effects. However, others have stated that in order for an agreement to be reached, Pyongyang would have to receive assurance that its regime would not be toppled. Therefore, a review of American foreign policy actions toward North Korea will provide instruction on how to deal with a nuclear North Korea, especially in light of the 2008 American Presidential election.
|Number of pages||32|
|Publication status||Published - Dec 2008|
Bibliographical note© 2008 The Institute of Korean Studies
- Foreign policy
- North Korea
- United States