The US and the Two Koreas: Growing Tensions on the Peninsula

The US and the Two Koreas: Growing Tensions on the Peninsula

America Abroad analyzes the history of America's relationship with Korea before and after the Korean war; the nuclear crisis with North Korea in 1993-1994 that brought the United States to the brink of war; and current expert opinions and citizen attitudes in the United States and South Korea on the future of Korean security and the role of the United States on the peninsula. 

Guests on this program include:

  • Robert Gallucci, former chief negotiatior with North Korea
  • Joel Wit, senior advisor to Robert Gallucci
  • Donald Gregg, former CIA station chief in Seoul and ambassador to South Korea
  • Ashton Carter, Assistant Secretary of Defense from 1993-94
  • Arnold Kanter, Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs from 1991-93
  • Henry Sokolski, Deputy Director for nonproliferation at the Pentagon from 1989-93
Segment 1

Garrick Utley provides an archival audio tour of the history of Korean security and America's relationship with the Korean peninsula.

Segment 2

Steve Roberts moderates a videoconference discussion with undergraduate students at Korea University. In the lively discussion, students in Seoul share their perceptions of the United States, the US role on the Korean peninsula, and anti-Americanism in Korea.

Segment 3

Marvin Kalb reflects on the decisionmaking in the period leading up to the 1994 Framework agreement, and considerations of a possible US pre-emptive strike against North Korea's nuclear facilities.

Segment 4

Margaret Warner examines Korean security in the aftermath of the Framework agreement through to the present standoff with North Korea.