Albright and Wit said the administration should come up with terms for a resumption of dialogue that the North Koreans and the U.S. can both accept. U.S. officials have said repeatedly they are open to talks, but they are demanding several preconditions that Pyongyang has repeatedly rejected.“The North Koreans are more than happy to make concessions to start things up again, but the U.S. has shown no flexibility in addressing North Korea’s position to arrive at a starting point that both sides can be happy with,” said Albright.“We have this reactive approach and it’s ad hoc,” Wit added. “The North Koreans aren’t taking us seriously. They feel they are in the driver’s seat here. It’s wrong to assume they are taking these steps like this Sony hack out of weakness. They are taking these steps because they feel there’s nothing we can do to them.”And this raises an uncomfortable question for the White House. Why does a targeted cyber-hack draw a tougher response from Obama than the amassing of a small nuclear arsenal? The message it sends to Pyongyang is that they can threaten their entire region with nuclear weapons, just so long as they don’t touch Hollywood.
And Bruce has this to say about the Sony hacking incident"Provocations have had four things in common: 1) they are intentionally initiated at moments when they have the likelihood of garnering the greatest attention on the regional and perhaps even the world stage; 2) they initially appear to be incidents that are relatively small, easily contained, and quickly “resolved;” 3) they involve continuously changing tactics and techniques; and 4) North Korea denies responsibility for the event."
With two key differences:1. It is carried out against an entity in the USA, NOT South Korea.2. It is using a new, offensive capability – thinking out of the box if you will – that North Korea’s military and intelligence services are likely to utilize on a larger scale in the future
Given the dangers of regime collapse and the potential for war the first imperative of thestrategy is to sustain the illusion for Kim Jong Il that his regime can survive.30 Aslong as Kim Jong Il believes he will survive and have the possibility at some timein the future to achieve reunification under his terms he will in effect be deterredfrom attacking.30 Credit for coining the phrase “sustaining the illusion that Kim Jong Il will survive” goesto COL Rick Gribling, Chief of UNC/CFC/USFK CJ3 Plans Division during crisis action planningsession in June 1997.