Markus Garlauskas was quoted in a Wall Street Journal article published on March 18, 2021 for his comments on how North Korea strategically uses the phrase “denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.” North Korea has long preferred to use the phrase “denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula” to emphasize its view of the mutual obligations imposed by denuclearization agreements it has made with South Korea and the United States. In recent years, Pyongyang has tried to redefine “denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula” to include not just an end to any nuclear weapons on the Peninsula itself, but requiring an end to any potential US threat to North Korea at all. “This is North Korea’s strategy: They keep moving the conversation window more and more in their favor,” said Garlauskas.

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