Woodward starts by affirming that the biggest challenge to national security McMaster will face is the looming issue of North Korea and the threat of nuclear weapons that may harm the US and the rest of the world in various ways. With this information, the author embarks on telling the reader the extent of the challenge. He claims that the issue has troubled the nation for a decade now, and Obama wanted to deal with the problem before he left office (Woodward 89). This came after a nuclear test was conducted by North Korea and affirmed by Ri Chun-Hee. The writer also discusses the current president of North Korea and his father, the former president. Woodward claims that Kin Jong Un deals with failure better than his father who used to kill the scientists who failed him.
The author also talks about the cybersecurity issue surrounding North Korea. He claims that the country has been using cyberspace to conduct several attacks, including stealing money from various banks around the world (Woodward 94). Apart from that, Woodward mentions the cyber-attack directed at Sony after the company released a movie titled ‘The Interview’, depicting a planned assassination of Kim Jong UN (Woodward 93). The author informs the readers that Trump is always ready to negotiate with North Korea and that Clapper seems to think that it is possible to make peace with North Korea considering that Germany and Japan were once enemies with the US but now they have a working relationship. The US even has a working relationship with Vietnam in spite of the countries recent past. (Woodward 92).