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.
- 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.
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Freedom House “Freedom in The World 2018 Report, North Korea,” https://freedomhouse.org/report/freedom-world/2018/north-korea
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