North Korea

Ensuring Verifiable and Permanent Denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula

America First Policies believes the North Korean regime poses a threat to the U.S. and our allies. We support a holistic strategy that will force North Korea to surrender its nuclear stockpile and instead focus on bettering the welfare of its own people. A successful strategy includes economic sanctions, diplomatic pressure, and the option of the use of military force. The ultimate goal is verifiable and permanent denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.

The Facts:

  • In 2017, North Korea was once again designated as a state sponsor of terrorism by the United States Department of State.
  • Kim Jong Un and his regime maintain a horrific record of human rights abuses. Worse, more grotesque actions are taken against political dissenters and those wishing to practice Christianity.
  • Hundreds of thousands of American citizens and military personnel reside close enough to the North Korean border to be hit by conventional artillery if a conflict were to flare up.
  • North Korea and China remain close allies. Experts estimate that approximately 90% of North Korea’s trade is conducted with China.
  • The rogue regime has continued to develop intercontinental ballistic missiles that may one day be able to hit the entire U.S. mainland.
  • North Korea has a history of selling military technology to malicious actors including Iran and Syria.


Kathleen J. McInnis, Andrew Feickert, Mark E. Manyin, Steven A. Hildreth, Mary Beth D. Nikitin, Emma Chanlett-Avery, Congressional Research Service, “The North Korean Nuclear Challenge: Military Options and Issues for Congress,” November 6, 2017,

Freedom House “Freedom in The World 2018 Report, North Korea,”

Mary Beth D. Nikitin, Emma Chanlett-Avery, Mark E. Manyin, Congressional Research Service, “Nuclear Negotiations with North Korea: In Brief,” December 4, 2017,

Human Rights Watch, “World Report 2018, North Korea,”

Eleanor Albert, Council on Foreign Relations, “The China North-Korea Relationship,” March 28, 2018,

Further Reading:

John Bolton, “The Legal Case for Striking North Korea First,” Wall Street Journal, February 28, 2018,

Joseph Bosco, “Without the US wielding a stick, would Kim Jong Un have grabbed a carrot?,” May 4, 2018,

Victor Davis Hanson, “What If South Korea Acted Like North Korea?,” September 14, 2017,

James S. Robbins, “President Trump deserves the Nobel Peace Prize for North Korea diplomacy,” May 1, 2018,

Alex Titus, “Thanks to Trump, strategic patience with North Korea has finally come to an end,” The Hill, February 16, 2018,


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