Peters: North Korea Using Talks With South Korea to Buy Time
On "America's Newsroom," Lt. Col. Ralph Peters (Ret.) said he's not optimistic that the first talks between North and South Korea in more than two years will actually lead to progress on the Korean Peninsula.
He said North Korea's motivation for agreeing to come to the table are twofold: to drive a wedge between South Korea and the U.S. and to buy time as they continue developing their missile and nuclear programs.
"Essentially, by opening negotiations with the South and dragging them out - on again, off again - it really complicates our strategic posture," Peters said.
As for a report that the Trump administration is debating using a limited military strike on North Korea if they conduct another nuclear or missile test, Peters said that would be "utterly stupid."
He argued that the North Koreans would be compelled to respond, possibly with an artillery attack on Seoul, and then the U.S. would have to decide if there would be further escalation.
"We don't war with North Korea. We don't want a military confrontation. But if it comes to it, if to protect American lives we have to take military action, you've got to do it right," Peters said, explaining that we would have to strike North Korea so broadly and comprehensively that there could be no military retaliation.
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