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U.S. Strategic Command raised concerns over N. Korea's nuclear capabilities Updated: 2022-07-21 17:02:19 KST

North Korea's nuclear ambitions appear to have taken on a heightened sense of urgency in the U.S. military.
A meeting on the issue was held this week at the U.S. Strategic Command for the first time.
Lee Seung-jae explains.

A report by the Wall Street Journal on Wednesday, shed light on a meeting held at the U.S. Strategic Command in Omaha, Nebraska.
The meeting was attended by intelligence and military officials and experts on May 23rd and 24th.
It was hosted by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence which oversees all U.S. intelligence agencies, and the Defense Intelligence Agency which oversees all military-related intelligence.
The report noted that this was the first time that a discussion on the North Korean nuclear issue has been held at the Strategic Command, evidence that the regime's nuclear threats are being taken more seriously.
Previously, only Russian and Chinese nuclear issues were discussed at the Strategic Command.
During the two-day forum, officials took note of North Korea's advancing nuclear capabilities, such as miniaturizing its nuclear warheads.
Others raised concerns that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un could use such technology to gain concessions from the U.S. and South Korea.
Another possibility? The actual use of nuclear weapons, if Kim feels both Seoul and Washington are trying to get rid of him.
One of the attendees, Professor at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies, Jeffrey Lewis, stressed that Washington should change its strategy against North Korea.
He says, with the current state of North Korea's nuclear capabilities, the U.S. should now focus on deterring North Korea from further production of nuclear weapons, instead of aiming for denuclearization.
One senior military official also insisted, that there's "zero chance" that North Korea will give up its nuclear weapons.
A seventh nuclear test seems to be on the horizon, and Pyeongyang is showing no signs of easing up on its nuclear weapons production.
Lee Seung-jae, Arirang News.
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