'Regime-Threatening' Pressure May Bring North Korea to the Table

After repeated nuclear and ballistic missile tests in the face of international condemnation — and even the threat of “fire and fury” from President Donald Trump — North Korea has made clear that it has no intention of backing down from its weapons development. But some analysts think it could be brought to the negotiating table by the “peaceful pressure” campaign now underway in the form of stricter sanctions.

“I think that the pressure campaign should be accelerated. And we have a model in the Iran pressure campaign,” said Thomas Donilon, who served as national security advisor under President Barack Obama from 2010 to 2013.

Donilon said that the sanctions levied on Iran by an international coalition during the George W. Bush and Obama administrations created “regime-threatening levels of pressure” that eventually forced Iran to make a deal halting its nuclear weapons development. “I think the Iran model is applicable in the North Korea circumstance and I think we should seek to pursue it,” Donilon added.

In the above video, Donilon discusses the North Korea situation and how it can be addressed. Watch the complete conversation with Donilon, Kevin Rudd, and Ashok Kumar Mirpuri in the video below.