North Korea Threat

July 5, 2017

If it wasn't already on the list, North Korea just skyrocketed to the top of items Donald Trump will be looking to discuss when he meets with world leaders in Europe this week. US officials have confirmed the North tested a new type of missile this week — one which they estimate is capable of reaching Alaska — and with the nation continuing work on a nuclear warhead, global alarm bells are ringing.

North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un declared the test was "gift" to the U-S for the July fourth holiday. In response, the US South Korea conducted a joint military exercise with South Korea and called an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council. China and Russia have since released a joint statement — calling on both the U-S and North Korea to stop the military actions and calm down the rhetoric. So what are our realistic options?

Carol Saivetz, senior advisor at MIT's Security Studies Program; Gautam Mukunda, an assistant professor at Harvard Business School and Research Fellow at the Center for Public Leadership; and Katherine Moon, a political science professor at Wellesley College and senior non-resident fellow at Brookings Institute.


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