Editor’s Note: This is the second of two postings of a Q&A conducted by the Federation of American Scientists regarding the current situation on the Korean Peninsula. Read the first part here. Author responses have not been edited; all views expressed are their own. Please note that additional terms are used to refer to North Korea and South Korea, i.e., the DPRK and ROK respectively.
Researchers from the Federation of American Scientists (FAS) asked seven individuals who are experts in East Asia about the the recent escalation in tensions on the Korean Peninsula. Is North Korea’s recent success with its nuclear test and satellite launch evidence that it is maturing? Is there trepidation in Japan over the perceived threat of North Korea attacking Japan with a nuclear weapon? Has North Korea mastered re-entry vehicle (RV) technology? Is there any plausible way to de-nuclearize North Korea?
This is the second part of the Q&A featuring Dr. Yousaf Butt, Dr. Jacques Hymans and Ms. Masako Toki. Continue Reading →