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Brinkmanship: The U.S. and North Korea

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Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un
In this Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017, file photo, a man watches a television screen showing U.S. President Donald Trump, left, and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during a news program at the Seoul Train Station in Seoul, South Korea.
Ahn Young-joon | AP file

Leading experts on North Korea discuss the challenges surrounding North Korea's nuclear and missile capabilities. What does North Korea want, and what leverage does the U.S. have? How close to nuclear war are we?

Frank Aum of the U.S. Institute of Peace says "sanctions don't work until they work. Diplomacy doesn't work, until it works."

The U.S. Institute of Peace hosted a town hall event in December 2017 they called "Brinkmanship: The U.S. and North Korea."

Speakers include:

Glyn Ford, Former MP, Labour Party, European Parliament.

Frank Aum, Senior Expert on North Korea, U.S. Institute of Peace.

Jean Lee, Former Pyongyang Bureau Chief, Associated Press. Now at the Wilson Center.

Anthony Ruggiero, Senior Fellow, Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

The town hall event was moderated by Todd Zwillich, host of The Takeaway, for PRI's America Abroad series.

To listen to the program, click the audio player above.

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