On a special bonus episode of Radio Atlantic, Mark Bowden, author of The Atlantic’s July/August issue cover story, “How to Deal with North Korea,” weighs in on North Korea’s escalating weapons program and the recent bellicose rhetoric of President Trump. The bonus episode is available for download now, hosted by Jeffrey Goldberg, The Atlantic’s editor in chief, and Matt Thompson, executive editor.
Bowden says of the President’s “fire and fury” rhetoric: “I think what we’re witnessing here from the American side is a fairly a coordinated effort to move the North Korea problem off of the dime... I think it’s a carrot and stick thing. And it remains to be seen whether anything decent will come of it.”
“I don’t think any country or any people in the world are ready for a nuclear conflict,” Bowden says. “When we listen to Kim Jong Un and now Donald Trump making these threats back and forth, what we’re talking about is nuclear war. … It’s useful to recall, through all of my lifetime, the primary goal in international affairs has been to prevent nuclear weapons and here we’re actually talking about a nuclear war. I don’t think any society is ready for a nuclear war. … The level of death and destruction would be unprecedented in human history.”