(See J. A. Bosco, p. 10, December 2011 Proceedings)
Rear Admiral Eric A. McVadon, U.S. Navy (Retired) and Daniel Yoon—The late-December death of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il adds urgency to the rebuttal of Mr. Bosco’s intemperate assertion that China wants North Korea to have nukes. We find the author’s facts anachronistic at best, his arguments flawed, and his conclusions unsupported, including the assertion of pervasive Chinese duplicity. A more balanced interpretation of China–North Korea relations than Mr. Bosco presented is needed as a baseline for possible progress in dealing with North Korea under its new ruler, Kim Jong-il’s son Kim Jong-un.