With the start of Barack Obama’s presidential term, the North Korea Crisis started to reach the threatening extent to which our modern society is used to today. While the now former president of the United States offered negotiations in his Inaugural Address, North Korea’s response was to go further with its missile tests than ever seen before. Throughout his two terms as president of the United States, his approach to the crisis was called Strategic Patience. This approach meant having denucliarization as a condition for the talks which were led by the members of the Six-Party Talks The alliance with South Korea went as far as South Korean and Japanese soldiers being stationed and having to fight in Afghanistan on the behalf of the USA. In Obama’s administration, the alliance with South Korea and Japan was a key factor for containing North Korea. South Korea was visibly more satisfied with the Obama administration than with the previous ones, though their goal to have China exert pressure on North Korea has without a doubt failed, as could be seen in the failure of sanctions due to China leaving huge loopholes which helped North Korea’s economy to reach an all-time high. Another important factor of strategic patience was to accept a partial compliance of North Korea’s government and use that as a basis for treating them like they are completely compliant. This approach to peace talks had already been practiced during President Bush’s presidential term.This approach seemed to face a wall very soon, as North Korea did not stop doing tests that were seemingly provocative. The tests led to the UN Security Council agreeing on making the sanctions on North Korea more severe. Still, China is hesitant to put too much pressure on the regime for fear of destabilizing its reclusive neighbor. Further tests of nuclear missiles by North Korea put the USA in a compromising position: Either keep up with the sanctions that were not effective or take more drastic measures.Taking too dramatic measures, such as the blockade of any trade might lead to war with the secluded state. Continuing the peace talks will reward the leader of North Korea for not cooperating, which will not be beneficial for the goal of erasing North Korea off the list of Nuclear Powers.In many public statements, the nuclear tests of Pyongyang were condemned by Obama, expressing the unwillingness of the USA to acknowledge North Korea as a nuclear power officially.With the highly developed North Korean nuclear programme, experts warned that it was already too late to reverse the nuclear process and proposed that the focus of Obama’s administration should lie on the limitation of North Korea’s advancement in the field.An approach to this idea was the installation of ABMs in South Korea, which in turn provoked the Chinese government, as this act was seen as a threat towards China, which drove the two powers apart politically in a time desperate for cooperation to achieve the goal of dealing with North Korea. This development made coming to agreements even harder, which was seen as a chance to test nuclear missiles without facing serious repercussions from China. During that time of political uncertainty, things were made even more complicated with reports of North Korean representatives visiting Bejing, leaving China’s interests in the peace talks questionable.