North Korea has threatened the United States with a “merciless” nuclear attack. While not a new threat, the nation may soon be capable of actually following through. North Korean dictator, Kim Jong Un, has recently been pushing to develop a missile capable of hitting the United States, as witnessed by a series of tests — and California would be a likely target.
Simultaneously, escalating military tensions have further isolated the nation politically and economically — setting the stage for longstanding 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. Recently, their leader’s half brother was murdered with chemical weapons in a suspected attempt to maintain power.
How serious is the risk of a North Korean nuclear attack? How will Trump’s reaction and willingness to work with our allies in the region influence the situation? What obligation does the international community have to stop North Korea’s domestic human rights violations? Experts Philip Yun, Director of the Ploughshares Fund, and Daniel Sneider, Associate Director for Research at Stanford’s 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