A U.S. expert says North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile developments are not for sabre-rattling but for actual military capability augmentation.
Victor Cha, chair of Korea studies at the U.S. Center for Strategic and International Studies(CSIS), made the point in an interview with CNN on Monday.
Noting that the North’s nuclear and missile programs can also help proliferate weapons of mass destruction, he underlined the need to stop related developments no matter what.
Cha said the North’s resolution to its nuclear and missile programs is not just rhetoric, citing the regime's frequent tests in recent years involving technologies related to solid fuels of missiles.
He said the next U.S. administration led by Donald Trump should use diplomacy as the primary means to restrict the Kim Jong-un regime while pursuing other measures such as UN sanctions and reinforcement of the U.S. military capability in Northeast Asia.