North Korea taunted the United States on its birthday three years ago on July 4 with a missile launch that eventually splashed harmlessly into the sea. They’ve had other embarrassing missile mishaps since then and with their relentless pursuit of nuclear weapons, it’s likely they will fire more missiles into the sky.
The U.S. celebrates another birthday today and while there are no signs that the Hermit Kingdom will conduct any missile tests, negotiations with North Korea is still a priority for both the U.S. and the U.N. Negotiations have never been easy as they frequently renege on promises to end its nuclear program and defy trade sanctions imposed by the U.N.
Victor Cha, Asia adviser for former President George W. Bush, gives us some insight to what it is like to negotiate with officials in North Korea. Despite their defiant behavior, Korean officials are not as evil as we think they are, he says.