Posted by: ctbtonewsroom | April 16, 2018

Two minutes to midnight: did the US miss its chance to stop North Korea’s nuclear programme? – podcast


William Perry and other US delegates at the Juche Tower in Pyongyang, North Korea in May 1999. Photograph: Anonymous/AP

In this 34-minute podcast in The Guardian, written by Julian Borger and read by Andrew McGregor, Borger explores the nuances of diplomacy and whether the 1999 US mission to Pyongyang could have prevented the development of North Korea’s nuclear programme. Former defence secretary Matthew Perry led the mission, following a fraying 1994 agreement between Washington and Pyongyang, in the hope of seeing whether diplomacy with North Korea was even a possibility. “Looking back on Perry’s mission today, the question is whether the experiment failed, or whether it was closed down for political reasons before it had a chance to succeed.” Borger recounts the historic event, and examines this question both from Perry’s view, as well as from John Bolton’s viewpoint, the current US National Security Advisor.

The text version is available here.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s


%d bloggers like this: