We begin the week with a discussion on an issue making headlines.
North Korea over the weekend, reportedly said its nuclear weapons could lead to the destruction of United States, if a war on the Korean Peninsula breaks out.
This comes after a barrage of threats made against South Korea, including those of military action, and blowing up the inter-Korean liaison office.
Today we discuss the latest on the regime and its erratic actions over the past few weeks and try to see where this may lead to.
I'm joined by Doug Bandow, a senior fellow at the Cato Institute, specializing in foreign policy and civil liberties. He worked as special assistant to President Ronald Reagan. We also connect with Jenny Town, Fellow at Stimson Center based in Washington D.C. and deputy director of North Korea monitoring project 38North.
Doug Bandow: It seems like the U.S.-North Korea relationship is back to square one, where it was before the two Trump-Kim summits. Why do you think the North Koreans are acting up and what are they trying to gain from this?
Jenny Town: (Same question goes to you) Why do you think North Korea has shown such animosity in recently weeks? Also, President Trump extended U.S. sanctions on North Korea for another year. Do you think this may have also stirred up North Korean's anger further?
To both: It seems North Korea has returned to its playbook of hurling verbal abuse at South Korea and the U.S. and acting up to get the reaction it wants. But by refusing to talk to the South and threatening further military provocations, it seems to be cutting off its nose to spite its own face.
What do you think the regime's strategy is?
Dealing with Kim Jong-un hasn't been high on President Trump's list of priorities. But this week, John Bolton's tell-all will be released. Do you think this will prompt President Trump to turn his focus back to the North Korea agenda?
How do you think Seoul and Washington should jointly respond to the flare up of aggression? How do you think the response should change compared to the past?
Will the maximum pressure strategy work?
We'll have to wrap up the discussion here but it's been great hearing your take on this.
Doug Bandow, a senior fellow at the Cato Institute and Jenny Town, deputy director of 38North, thank you for your insights.