North Korea spent last year perfecting its missile arsenal and it’s not clear Kim will give that up

North Korea spent last year perfecting its missile arsenal and it's not clear Kim will give that up

“Everyone should temper expectations for a near-term resolution of the situation on the Korean peninsula,” retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. Daniel Davis, a senior defense fellow for Defense Priorities, told CNBC.

“There is little chance Kim Jong Un will give up his nuclear weapons, which means the best option for the U.S. is to manage and deter North Korea, as we have successfully done for decades.”

Davis, who served as an advisor to the Second Republic of Korea Army during his military career, noted that despite Kim’s purported nuclear weapons arsenal, the status quo on the Korean peninsula favors the United States and not North Korea.

“The U.S. is in a dominant negotiating position because no matter what happens in these discussions, the overwhelming superiority of our conventional and nuclear capabilities ensures the security of America and our allies Japan and South Korea,” Davis said.

Similarly, another expert compared the relationship between the U.S. and North Korea to a recurring scene of frustration in “Peanuts” cartoons.

“Historically, every time Charlie Brown runs for the football, Lucy pulls it away,” Thomas Karako, director of the Missile Defense Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, previously told CNBC. “It would be a remarkable thing if Lucy didn’t pull the football out from Charlie Brown this time, but it’s one of those things where I’ll believe it when I see it.”

North Korea is Lucy in this case.

Under third-generation North Korean leader Kim, the reclusive state has conducted its most powerful nuclear test, launched its first-ever intercontinental ballistic missile and threatened to send missiles into the waters near the U.S. territory of Guam.

What’s more, the acceleration and frequency of testing show not only Kim’s nuclear ambitions but also that the nation has developed an arsenal.

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