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Developments on Korean Peninsula: Analysis Updated: 2022-01-27 17:11:05 KST

Following a series of arms tests this month, North Korea again test-fired on Thursday two projectiles which appear to be short-range ballistic missiles.
The Biden administration, meanwhile, is reportedly thinking of tapping a diplomat who was in charge of implementing sanctions on North Korea as the new U.S. ambassador to South Korea.
For more, we have Mr. Evans Revere, senior advisor for the Albright Stonebridge Group joining us live.
Mr. Revere was the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs.
Mr. Revere, welcome to the program.

North Korea has launched missiles five times already in January alone.
And this morning, it has fired some more.
Why do you think the North has been firing so many missiles recently?

Last week, the regime signaled a possible resumption of ICBM or nuclear tests.
Will the North actually move into action? Is it trying to enhance its leverage for negotiations?

It has been reported that U.S. ambassador to Colombia, Philip Goldberg, has been named as the new ambassador to South Korea.
He was in charge of implementing UN Security Council resolutions on North Korea under the Obama administration.
What do you read into this?

What would Goldberg's nomination mean for the Seoul-Washington bilateral alliance?
It's been more than a year that the U.S. ambassador's seat in Seoul has remained empty.

The U.S. is bolstering sanctions on the North while at the same time, urging for diplomacy.
What do prospects for talks look like between Pyeongyang and Washington?

Mr. Evans Revere from the Albright Stonebridge Group. Many thanks for your insights.
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