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WORLD AFFAIRS COUNCIL: North Korea: On the Verge?
April 12, 2017 @ 6:30 PM—7:30 PM UTC+0$7-207. – $7-2020
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North Korea has threatened the United States with a merciless nuclear attack. While not a new threat, they may soon be capable of actually making good on that promise. North Korean dictator, Kim Jong-un, has recently been pushing to develop a missile capable of hitting the US, as witnessed by a series of tests. The likely target? California.
Meanwhile, escalating military tensions in the region have further isolated the nation both politically and economically, setting the stage for long-standing internal human rights abuses to worsen. Situations involving political prison camps, unresolved disappearances and the abduction of Japanese and South Koreans are all cause for concern. Add to that savory list, power struggles within the family itself. According to Malaysian authorities, Kim Jong-un’s half-brother was recently murdered with chemical weapons in an airport in Kuala Lumpur, further escalating tensions.
How serious is the risk of a North Korean nuclear attack? How will Trumps reaction and willingness to work with our allies in the region influence the situation? And what obligation, if any, does the international community have to intervene on any and all fronts? Experts Philip Yun, Director of the Ploughshares Fund, and Daniel Sneider, Associate Director for Research at Stanfords Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, will share their insights.
Associate Director for Research, Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, Stanford University
Philip W. Yun
Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer, Ploughshares Fund