Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Since its first nuclear test in 2006, North Korea has made steady progress in nuclear weapons technology. The July 4 ICBM test reflects its progress on delivery systems with longer ranges and increased sophistication. Pyongyang routinely claims to possess the status as a full nuclear power with the ability to retaliate with strategic nuclear arms against a US attack.
- Beijing is likely to share Washington’s concerns about nuclear technology transfer by a more secure North Korean regime.
- However, Washington is likely to position more rapid-strike conventional forces in the region, over China’s vociferous objections.
- Once North Korea is confident in its deterrent, it may be willing to offer a cessation of testing in exchange for sanctions relief.