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Biden’s ‘strategic patience 2.0’ policy toward North Korea
doesn’t work, says US Senator Todd Young
According to a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee
DPRK missile tests warrant tougher US response
US Senator Todd Young, speaking as a member of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said President Biden’s continuation of Obama’s “strategic patience 2.0” policy toward North Korea does not wasn’t working. He argues that Biden has been hit harder in response to Pyongyang’s recent missile tests and what looks like active preparations for a seventh nuclear weapons test.
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Senator Young, the senior senator from Indiana, said, “I don’t believe the Biden administration has prioritized the threat of a nuclear North Korea. American leadership is essential in this time,” in his comments to the Washington Times Foundation’s monthly public affairs forum, The Washington Brief.
When asked during the roundtable if he thinks President Biden’s North Korea policy, often referred to as “Strategic Patience 2.0,” is working, Senator Young replied, “No, it doesn’t. does not work.
The senator added, “We should judge policies by their results. I know there are a lot of distractions in the world that contribute to missile launches and other things, so there are exogenous factors. I recognize that the world is a complicated place. But what the hell, 18? Eighteen launches so far this year? I think it demonstrates the fact that this current policy (of President Biden) is not working. »
He stressed the need for Washington to deal with the North Korean threat to strengthen its presence in the region, in particular by maintaining a credible counterweight to Chinese growth. “A stable peninsula increases the South Korean government’s ability to better deter the Chinese Communist Party’s growing desire to dominate all of East Asia,” he said.
Senator Young supported President Biden’s recent visit to South Korea and Japan, while warning that “American policy in recent years has not been clear about the goals of American policy or how we are going to achieve them, and I think that has to change. . The American people rightly demand not only competence, but also consistency in our foreign policy. »
Recently sworn-in South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol has expressed hopes for a stronger united front between Washington and Seoul to counter North Korean intimations that it may carry out a nuclear test, ending five years without trials. There has also been a steady rise in tensions with China across the region.
Senator Young commented on the accelerated pace of North Korea’s missile testing, saying, “This year’s 18th test (June 5) should be a wake-up call to the administration about the threat we face from the North. Going forward, we must strike a balance between a coherent strategy of engagement and a strategy of restraint in this vital region of the world.
Senator Young looked at the holistic perspective of the threats posed by North Korea and China. He cited South Korea’s strong position in manufacturing, saying they have “a major role to play in this generational challenge.” He added, “Just as discussions of America’s role in securing Taiwan must include Taiwan’s role in the global economy, these realities must also be reflected in our commitments to South Korea. “said the senator.
Senator Young said South Korea’s Samsung “is a key player in the global semiconductor supply. If threatened, all American industries will be implicated and affected, as we see today with the chip shortage.
Says US reliance on foreign manufacturers to supply semiconductors is unfortunate. He called semiconductors a “commodity” and “arguably more important than oil” to sustaining a modern economy. “All of the advanced semiconductors, the chips, the microprocessors that are used in our missile systems, that are used for our most advanced technologies, are all developed overseas,” he said.
Senator Young was a guest panelist on the monthly webcast, The Washington Brief along with regular attendees Amb. Joseph DeTrani, a former CIA official and longtime diplomatic adviser on US policy in Asia, and Dr. Alexander Mansourov, a professor at Georgetown University’s Center for Security Studies. Former Congressman Dan Burton of Indiana, who served on the US House Foreign Affairs Committee for many years, was also a panelist.