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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Analysts Sound New Alarms on North Korea Missile Threat

Analysts Sound New Alarms on North Korea Missile Threat

by Peter Huessy  •  May 31, 2017 at 4:30 am
  • The North Koreans now have the range capability to strike the United States with a ballistic missile. "It is a matter of physics and math." — USAF General John Hyten, Commander of United States Strategic Command, May 9, 2017.
  • "A major headache for the United States is that much of the financial and technological support for North Korea's weapons programs comes from China." — Joseph Bosco, Senior Fellow at the ICAS Institute for Korea-American studies.
A model of the North Korean Unha-9 long-range rocket on display at a floral exhibition in Pyongyang. (Image source: Steve Herman/VOA News/Wikimedia Commons)
North Korea just conducted its seventh missile test launch so far this year. No one should expect this activity to cease, and no one should be surprised by North Korea's progressively more advanced weapons capabilities, analysts said at a recent Mitchell Institute forum on Capitol Hill, hosted by the author.
"During Kim Jung Un's five years in power he has done twice, perhaps three times, as many launches of missiles as his father did in 18 years," said Bruce Klingner, a senior research fellow at the Heritage Foundation.
The North Korean dictator is not showing any signs of slowing down, and he is determined to push forward the country's program to enhance the medium and long-range missiles and nuclear warheads that now threaten the United States and its allies.

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