Expert: 2018 will be make-or-break year regarding North Korea

A noted Georgetown University adjunct professor believes that 2018 may be the year the United States will be forced to deal militarily with North Korea.

Patrick Greenfield said during a Fox News interview he is encouraged by the Trump administration’s efforts at giving diplomacy a chance. But he said any diplomacy that stands a chance of being successful has to come “with a credible threat of force.”

“I think in order to have diplomacy work you do need to have a credible threat of force,” he said.

“Even though we are in the season of hope and joy and peace, I think we do really need to think seriously – think hard about the prospect of what a military confrontation, of what military actions against North Korea would entail in 2018,” he continued. “And this is difficult because ever since North Korea got a nuclear capability back in 2006 in the Bush administration there’s really been a lack of clarity about what the options are and about what we have to do.

“This is a year where we have to face the facts, we have to face the truth. And what that will require is for us to exhaust all diplomatic options available,” Greenfield continued. [source]

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Jon E. Dougherty is a political, foreign policy and national security analyst and reporter with nearly 30 years of experience in both fields. A U.S. Army veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom, he holds BA in Political Science from Ashford University and an MA in National Security Studies/Intelligence Analysis from American Military University.

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