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Walter C., Jr. Clemens

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780813167466

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813167466.001.0001

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Obama and Kim Jong Un

Obama and Kim Jong Un

Approach and Avoid

(p.236) 15 Obama and Kim Jong Un
North Korea and the World

Walter C. Clemens

University Press of Kentucky

Chapter 15 begins with the Obama administration taking office. In this chapter, Clemens examines several interactions that help illustrate how difficult it was for the US and North Korea to overcome restraints and reach a mutual advantage in regards to denuclearization. Clemens discusses Obama’s lecture on liberal realism to the Nobel Committee, while the rest of the chapter focuses primarily on the relationship between the US and North Korea in the years 2009-2015. The chapter ends with the discussion on the lack of negotiation between the two countries in 2015 and how neither side seems able to make a move without adding an insult or precondition to abort the offer of any deal.

Keywords:   North Korea, US foreign policy, Obama administration, Nobel Committee, Liberal realism, denuclearization

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