Two Council on Foreign Relations analysts are warning of possible instability in North Korea.
The pair cite continuing uncertainties about the health of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il and possible succession arrangements.
In a new report, they say these concerns “warrant heightened attention and preparation” by U.S. policymakers.
“The risks are too great and the stakes too high” for U.S. policymakers “to rely on last-minute improvisation for a peaceful and stable outcome” in nuclear-armed North Korea, says the report sponsored by CFR’s Center For Preventive Action.
In preparing for sudden change, the report recommends that the United States “continue to promote behavioral change within the current regime rather than actively seek to overthrow it unless extreme circumstances dictate otherwise.” But it cautions that, “he United States should not support efforts to prop up the current regime beyond the point at which it has clearly ceased to govern effectively.”