Most Americans Oppose Fruitless Talks with N.Korea

  • By Cho Yi-jun

    March 11, 2019 12:43

    Over two-thirds of Americans want an end to talks with North Korea if it carries out a long-range missile test, according to a recent survey.

    Scott Sagan at Stanford University and Benjamin Valentino at Dartmouth College wrote in an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal that they commissioned a YouGov poll of 3,000 people on what they think about North Korea.

    About 65 percent also said the U.S. should attack North Korea if North Korea attacks South Korea.

    The hardline approach seems to have been triggered by the collapse last week of the Hanoi summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

    "Most Americans aren't interested in a military solution to the threat -- but also overestimate the U.S. ability to counter it," the authors added. But "no scenario prompted a majority to endorse disarming North Korea through a large-scale military operation."

    Respondents were largely unfazed by a warning that North Korea could use nuclear weapons and cause hundreds of thousands of American casualties.

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