A national defense analyst agrees with a major naval commander's assessment that Kim Jong-Un's long-term goal is to reunify the divided Korean Peninsula under his totalitarian regime.
Admiral Harry Harris, Jr., the outgoing commander of the U.S. Pacific Command, recently told the House Armed Services Committee of a prevailing view that the dictator needs a nuclear arsenal to safeguard his regime. But Harris believes Kim is after much more. He says Kim's "long view" is reunification under "a single communist system."
Frank Gaffney, president and CEO of the Center for Security Policy, tells OneNewsNow the South Koreans are unfortunately desperate to accommodate the regime.
"The North Koreans are emboldened by what they're seeing from South Korea at the moment," he reports. "My guess is that in the space of the next few months we're going to see the South Koreans making an array of further concessions to the North Koreans."
And Gaffney finds the South Korean president's pandering at the Olympics disturbing.
"I think it horrified a lot of his countrymen by the way," he notes. "But he's determined to find some kind of accommodation with the North, and it may well come at the expense of South Korea's sovereignty."
And the Center for Security Policy president thinks the North could achieve its goal without military hostilities.
"That's what's really troubling here, is whether there is some willingness on the part of the South Korean government to allow this kind of unification on terms other than military by basically surrendering to the North," Gaffney explains. "Hard as that is to imagine … stranger things have happened."