ON POINT: Expert's take on N. Korea's recent rapid-fire provocations
Updated: 2022-01-18 04:50:56 KST
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North Korea has conducted four different missile tests in less than three weeks.
This is an unusually high frequency, even for the North.
The latest two happening last Friday and around this time yesterday.
They come after the North criticized Washington's new sanctions over the previous launches and warned of a strong reaction.
The previous two launches were of what North Korea claimed to be hypersonic missiles.
The U.S. has hit out at the latest launches, saying they pose a threat to North Korea's neighbors and the international community.
However, North Korea insists the regime's efforts to modernize its military and its regular missile tests are necessary for self-defense.
For more, we are joined by Professor Ramon Pacheco Pardo, Professor of International Relations at Kings College London.
Good morning, professor. This situation is nothing new. The North attempting to get Washington's attention, but at the same time, insisting it won't come back to talks. What do you think it would take from the U.S. to get the North Koreans back to negotiations?
Last week, the Biden administration slapped its first sanctions on North Korea. They targeted individuals rather than the regime. Overtly, the North expressed anger, but you'd imagine it isn't overly bothered. Do you think the U.S. should've been more decisive, hitting the regime harder?
South Korea's presidential election is around two months away. Do you think the election plays into the North's decision-making when it comes to these missile launches?
Finally, Thursday marks one year since President Biden took office. As we stand now, are North Korea-U.S. relations better, worse or the same as they were twelve months ago? And would you like President Biden to take a more hands on approach when it comes to North Korea?
Thanks for your insights and for joining us this morning, Professor Pardo. Hopefully speak to you again soon