Kim Jong Un lives in fear of preventative strike by US, defector says

A former high-ranking official in the North Korean regime said Wednesday that dictator Kim Jong Un's recent overtures to South Korea have come out of fear that the U.S. will launch a preventative strike against him.

Who defected to South Korea in 2014 and moved to the U.S. in 2016 -- told a forum at the Wilson Center in Washington that Kim is "trying to buy time to complete his nuclear and missile programs."

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Is America the main obstacle to peace in Korea?

None of the foregoing means that the United States is wrong to try to hold onto its influence in Korea, nor even that South Korea doesn't appreciate having the United States in its corner.

Much of America's foreign policy since the end of the Cold War — from incorporation of a reunified Germany, the Warsaw Pact states and the Baltic republics into NATO, to the two wars in Iraq, to the intervention in Libya — has given the Kim family every reason to believe that trusting America to respect North Korean independence or the Kim family's interests would be folly.

“Four hostile newspapers are more to be feared than a thousand bayonets...” ― Napoléon Bonaparte