Instead of contemplating military strikes, we should recognize that nonmilitary options for North Korea are real and working.
A fragile detente seems to have begun.
The biggest impact by the North Korean delegation at Pyeongchang might be by the cheerleading squad or performance art group it plans to send.
Schoff was speaking as part of an event put on by the Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council on U.S.
Trump is already taking credit for the success of "peace through strength", and you can't dismiss his argument that firmness brought some benefits.
Despite a year of petty insults and blatant nuclear threats, President Donald Trump announced he has a "very good relationship" with North Korean supreme leader Kim Jong-un, even after him "short and fat", "rocket man" and a "bad dude". Secretary of State Rex Tillerson probably gets a "save", but not a win, for persisting with his diplomatic agenda despite periodic thunderbolts from Trump. "It will fulfil our desires for a peace Olympics". Once the games have ended, all the same problems will exist.
The officials said McMaster has argued that if China were assured that a strike would be limited to one target and not the beginning of a campaign to overthrow Kim, an all-out war could be avoided. Any military action against the North has the potential to quickly escalate in a total war with severe damage to both North and South Korea.
Trump spoke Wednesday with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, and the Blue House readout of the call said the USA president promised he wouldn't attack North Korea while the two Asian nations hold talks. There's no sign yet that it will, however.
The directive comes as Kim, who has been in power for six years, tightens his control over the repressive country as it feels the squeeze of new tough sanctions imposed by the United Nations as punishment for recent missile launches, and experiences heightened tensions with the United States.
He added: "We can not say talks are the sole answer".
North Korea will send a team down to PyeongChang, North Korean athletes and officials will preen before the world's media, and the biggest stories from the Games will not be who wins what but which North Koreans are shaking hands with which South Koreans, how honest their smiles are and exactly what they are murmuring to one another.
Who has blinked here? "I like it very much what I'm seeing. hopefully a lot of good things are going to work out".
In 2005, former North Korean cheerleader Cho Myung-Ae - whose looks had gained her a huge following in the South - appeared in a television commercial for a Samsung mobile phone with South Korean pop star Lee Hyo-Ri.
After a year of hostile rhetoric, Mr Kim struck a warmer tone in his New Year's speech, when he signalled that a path to dialogue with Seoul was open, but he also boasted of the nuclear button on his desk. Moon responded avidly, but he also kept faith with Washington by stressing that diplomacy must eventually encompass denuclearization.
Washington's strategy for persuading Pyongyang to slow its nuclear ambitions is heavily dependent on the economic isolation of North Korea. It has, however, retained back-channel communications through the North's diplomatic mission at the United Nations in NY. We must not forget that in the Korean War of 1950-53, the Philippines was one of the United Nations member countries that sent troops to fight the North. That gathering is meant to signal global solidarity and resolve. A pre-emptive USA attack could provoke a devastating retaliation by North Korea against the South, whose capital Seoul lies with the range of North Korean artillery and rockets.
A pause for the Olympics, and then, alas, the crisis resumes.