Among the myriad of foreign policy challenges facing Joe Biden is the North Korean conundrum. Unlike Iran, North Korea is already capable of delivering a nuclear payload that could destroy one of our allies—Japan—and soon even directly threaten the U.S. Meanwhile, we have thousands of U.S. soldiers and civilians in harm’s way. In a recent op-ed in The Hill, Christine Ahn provides a detailed blueprint for President Biden that Kim Jong-Un would certainly welcome. She urges the president-elect to reverse Trump’s maximum-pressure campaign, drop all sanctions, end “provocative” joint military exercises with South Korea and end the state of war with North Korea. Finally, Ahn urges the Biden administration to democratize the “process of shaping foreign policy” by “including women’s groups and civil society.” We fully agree that peace, freedom and prosperity for all Koreans cannot be achieved by standing on the sidelines. We also favor civil society involvement, especially women’s groups, in overtures toward North Korea. But to be clear, we aren’t talking about breaking bread and staging photo ops with the regime’s core elites masquerading as representatives of a “civil society” that doesn’t exist due to overwhelming coercion, control, surveillance and punishment. The women civil society activists should… Read full this story
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