Deter North Korean Elite Instead of Kim

By Dennis Wilder

Dennis Wilder served as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for East Asian Affairs during President George W. Bush's second term.  He is currently a Research Fellow at Georgetown University's Initiative for U.S-China Dialogue on Global Issues.

After another act of defiance by the North Korean regime, all eyes turned to China, seen as the best hope to apply leverage to the regime in Pyongyang. President Trump tweeted “North Korea is a rogue nation which has become a great threat and embarrassment to China, which is trying to help but with little success.”

It appears that the nuclear test was meant just as much as a message to Xi Jinping and Beijing as it was to Washington. The Cipher Brief’s Callie Wang asked Dennis Wilder, former Special Assistant to President George W. Bush and Senior Director for East Asian Affairs on the National Security Council about China’s role in managing this escalating threat on the Korean peninsula.

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