Speaking on CGTN, Carnegie’s Douglas H. Paal explained that the upcoming summit in Mar-a-Lago presents an opportunity for the United States and China to work out a mutually beneficial strategy to deal with a North Korea situation that grows more urgent with each additional missile test.

He pointed out that the administration is divided along at least two axes: between “true believer” political appointees and the more moderate technocrats, and between factions arguing for disparate North Korea strategies.

Paal concluded by arguing for a fundamental re-thinking of America’s policy options. He noted that the situation was urgent, but not urgent enough that the White House cannot take the time to come up with a well-conceived strategy.

The interview was originally broadcast on CGTN.