May 8, 2014

Why a North Korean Spring Will Never Happen

Doug Bandow, The National Interest

The Associated Press

Washington should loosen military ties with South Korea and extricate itself from a potential Korean conflict. The United States should terminate the “mutual” defense treaty, withdraw the permanent garrison, and end the periodic threats. America should retain a watchful eye on the region, but leave North Korea to its neighbors.

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