So I've searched the Senate and I couldn't find any real discussion on North Korea and the multitude of problems that they've bestowed onto the World. This is surprising considering the fact that within the last two months they've launched a successful missile test and allegedly exploded a nuclear bomb estimated at 5-10 kilotons. I think this is rather indicative of the lack of real concern from the American/western public about the NK threat. So hopefully we can get a good discussion going. NK as you all know is the most restrictive country in the world. However sanctions haven't prevented them from abandoning their pursuit of missiles and nukes. China has been unable to exert any measure of control despite being the only real provider of aid. And we've been playing this game with NK for the last 20+years. What are your thoughts on moving forward? How do we convince NK to come back to the table? Some initial thoughts of mine to get the discussion going. 1. 1on1 discussions between NK and the US. Do we work to establish diplomatic ties and a peace treaty with the hermit kingdom? What kind of message does this send to Iran and any other nation looking at starting their own nuclear program? 2. Military action: should we start talking about unilateral action such as drone strikes or a naval blockade? What if South Korea is on board? Does this change the dynamic since they have the most to lose? China has the largest role in this issue. Will the Chinese start rethinking their policy on NK if we're willing to act militarily? Sure if they had a choice, they'd love to keep a buffer state between them and the West. But if push comes to shove, will they join an allied push to oust the regime in Pyongyang? 3. NK probably has the worst human rights record on the planet at this point. But the regime will fall eventually. This is only a matter of when. So what will the history books say about our generation after we've liberated the many concentration camps throughout the country. How will the future judge us for essentially ignoring the gross human rights abuses that we had vowed never to let happen again after the Holocaust? It's a sobering thought that we've allowed this problem to go unanswered for 60+ years. Discuss.