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With Winter Games complete, what happens to relationship between North Korea and the U.S.?

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah(News4Utah) With the Winter Games now over, what happens in the relationship between the United States and North Korea? It’s important to our national security. Ryan Vogel, our national security expert and Utah Valley University Professor, joined Brian Carlson, to weigh in.

Vogel says the Games in South Korea provided an opportunity to defuse some of the tensions
between North Korea and the United States and its allies. South Korea made symbolic overtures throughout the games with North Korea – combining its women’s hockey team, entering the stadium under a united flag, and sharing many of the host’s functions.

The games provided a friendly and peaceful context to thaw what had become a tense and
bellicose environment. During the games, the Vice President of the U.S. was scheduled to meet with North Korean counterparts, but the meeting was reportedly abandoned by the North Koreans. More recently, the United States has strengthened existing sanctions against North Korea.

In the aftermath of the games, the United States may have an opportunity to pursue a new
path with North Korea – but many questions persist:

  • Does North Korea really want to negotiate or did it use the Olympics as a distraction to buy time and to reduce international resolve?
  • What is South Korea’s position toward North Korea after the major diplomatic moments over the past two weeks?
  • What effect will stronger sanctions have in the post-Olympics environment?
  • Where is the rest of the region and world on the question of North Korea?
  • Perhaps most importantly, what is the United States’ strategy and position toward North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile program?
  • Is the United States willing to accept the existence of North Korea’s program?
  • Or, is the program a redline for the United States? And if that’s true, has North Korea already crossed it?

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