Even if North Koreans participate in the Winter Olympics next month, a national defense analyst says their leader remains a threat to South Korea and its allies, including the United States.
For the first time in two years, a meeting has taken place between delegations of the rival Koreas. As a result, the North will send an Olympic delegation to games in Pyeongchang and march in the opening and closing ceremonies with its South Korean counterparts.
Frank Gaffney of Center for Security Policy tells OneNewsNow that there is an ongoing belief spanning decades that North Korea behaves when it engages in talks. Yet that naive belief is also exploited by North Korea, he adds.
But when the Olympics are over, he says, the issue of North Korea leader Kim Jong-Un threatening his neighbors will remain on the Korean peninsula.
Meanwhile, Gaffney agrees with critics concerned that Kim Jong-Un may be attempting to divide Seoul and Washington, D.C. in a bid to weaken sanctions.
"The concern that I have," says Gaffney, "is that people will be using the opportunity of access to the South Koreans to further subvert our alliance relationship with that government."
That tactic, he adds, allows the North Korean despot to believe he will win concessions by being more belligerent and acting more dangerously.