Mira Rapp-Hooper is a senior research scholar at Yale Law School and a senior fellow at Yale’s Paul Tsai China Center. She studies and writes on U.S.-China relations and national security issues in Asia. Rapp-Hooper was formerly a senior fellow with the Asia-Pacific Security Program at the Center for a New American Security, a fellow with the Center for Strategic and International Studies Asia Program, and the director of the CSIS Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative. Rapp-Hooper’s academic writings have appeared in Political Science Quarterly, Security Studies, and Survival, and her analysis is published in The National Interest, Foreign Affairs, The Washington Quarterly, The New York Times, and The Washington Post. She is a David Rockefeller Fellow of the Trilateral Commission, an associate editor with the International Security Studies Forum, and a senior editor at War on the Rocks.
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“Any sound US policy must start by acknowledging– whether just privately or also publicly– the political realities of North Korea’s nuclear and missile capabilities. Kim Jong Un has given no indication that he is looking to bargain these capabilities away. He intends to hold on to them, and there are no good options for taking them away.”
“The time to stop North Korea from acquiring sophisticated nuclear weapons and missiles passed years ago and cannot be recouped.”
“For the United States, ‘denuclearization’ is the North giving up nuclear weapons; for North Korea, it may mean an arms control agreement in which the two sides bargain over each other’s force levels.”
“[The] gruesome end to Qaddafi's rule has likely confirmed what Kim Jong Il must have long been aware -- a dictator who wants to hold on to power should also hold onto his nuclear weapons.”
“If the United States intends to contain and deter North Korea — there is little chance of doing much else at this stage — competent alliance management is essential.”
Mira Rapp-Hooper reflects on data surrounding nuclear weapons and North Korea.
“There is still an obvious impediment to talks: The United States continues to insist that North Korea must come to the negotiating table prepared to denuclearize. There is almost no chance that North Korea intends to give up its nuclear weapons, and therefore will not negotiate to this end.”
Mira Rapp-Hooper argues, “There is very little chance that we are ever going to talk this guy out of his [nuclear] weapons, and none of us who have been watching the situation closely for years really thought we were going to.”
“Now that Kim has acquired nuclear weapons, a first strike by America against his regime should be a total non-starter.”