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The U.S. Must Not Flinch in the Face of Kim Jong Un's Missiles Mind Trick

Sung-Yoon Lee pens op-ed in The Hill on North Korea's latest missile tests.

The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) is a totalitarian state without parallel. In 2014, a United Nations commission, upon a yearlong investigation of North Korea’s crimes against humanity, determined that the “gravity, scale and nature” of its atrocities “reveal a State that does not have any parallel in the contemporary world.” 

On nuclear diplomacy, too, the government of North Korea is sui generis. It has reaped billions of dollars worth of blandishments in exchange for repeated lies of amenability to abandoning its nuclear and missile programs. Built on lies, perpetual internal terror, and spasms of external threat, the backward nation nonetheless has defied the odds and outmaneuvered far bigger, richer states in the region — South Korea, Japan, China, Russia and the United States — all the while deliberately starving and enslaving its population as essential means of regime preservation.

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