Stars and Stripes stripes.com 29 Dec, 2020 18:45 am

Four ways Kim Jong Un got more dangerous under sanctions

Four ways Kim Jong Un got more dangerous under sanctions
President Donald Trump’s campaign to cut North Korea’s economy off from the world worked. But it also may have accelerated Kim Jong Un’s efforts to build a military less reliant on foreign support.

ANALYSISFour ways Kim Jong Un got more dangerous under sanctions President Donald Trump’s campaign to cut North Korea’s economy off from the world worked.The North Korea awaiting President-elect Joe Biden is more dangerous and more self-reliant, possessing at least three different intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads to a U.There’s no indication Trump’s “maximum pressure” campaign caused Kim to rethink his weapons program, even if it helped push North Korea toward what’s expected to be its biggest economic contraction in more than two decades.“Sanctions appear to have had little, if any, effect in slowing down the DPRK’s drive for fissile materials and nuclear weapon production,” said Siegfried Hecker, a professor emeritus at Stanford University and one of the few American scientists who has participated in in-person inspections of North Korea’s main nuclear facilities.

Here are four areas North Korea has advanced over the past four years: 1.North Korea “has probably developed miniaturized nuclear devices to fit into the warheads of its ballistic missiles,” a UN Security Council expert panel said earlier this year.

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