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Australia Condemns Recent North Korea ICBM Missile Tests

After North Korea’s successful ICBM test launch on July 4, Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop condemned the nation, calling it “provocative” for testing the missile on American Independence Day. Some speculate that the missile could reach the U.S. state of Alaska as well as Northern Australia. Former Australian Prime Minister and President of the Asia Society Policy institute Kevin Rudd also said the test was provocative and that the development was a “dangerous new phase.” The launch sparked an emergency U.N. Security Council meeting, requested by the U.S., Japan, and South Korea. New York-based political analyst and Asia specialist Sean King, Executive Vice President of Park Strategies, believes that North Korea’s nuclear program was strategic and North Korea’s way of trying to force the U.S. into talks. “[North Korea] wants U.S. troops out of the south, and it feels by holding a nuclear gun to our head it will force us into bilateral negotiations with Pyongyang,” King said. “Today’s launch is serious business, but [the U.S.] shouldn’t overreact. “North Korea isn’t ISIS,; they want to live and enjoy the sins of the material world,” King added. King stated that he didn’t believe Pyongyang actually wanted to use its nuclear capability. “Rather, it’s a game of chicken to force us into the negotiations,” he said. “We can’t blink, not now.” King believes President Trump should keep the sanctions against North Korea going while continuing to target the flow of money to North Korea, which will bring the regime down. “There’s no other way, as the regime and its missiles/nukes are a package deal,” King said. “You can’t have one without the other; they’re now symbiotic. Hence, despite U.S. Secretary of State Tillerson’s not long ago olive branch of sorts to Pyongyang, ultimate regime change is, in fact, the only way out of this.” North Korea’s claim of the missile’s ability to “strike any place in the world” has been met with skepticism. There are still doubts about whether the North can make a nuclear weapon small enough to fit into the nose cone of a missile or if it has mastered the technology needed for it to survive re-entry into the Earth’s atmosphere. Read the full story here.

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