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The Reasons Behind North Korea’s ICBM Tests

South Korean President Moon Jae-in has been attempting to defuse tensions between North Korea and the rest of the world following that nation’s launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).

But North Korea has yet to respond to Moon’s request for a dialogue that would hopefully culminate in a denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. Instead, North Korea chose to launch a second ICBM and is preparing to conduct another nuclear test.

Experts said the immediate purpose of Pyongyang’s actions is to estrange South Korea from the U.S. and engage in talks directly with Washington.

“North Korea’s objective in launching ICBMs, as best as we can ever understand what Pyongyang is thinking, is to separate the U.S. from South Korea,” said political analyst and Asia specialist Sean King, Senior Vice President of Park Strategies.

“In other words, to scare the U.S. enough that we’ll enter into direct peace treaty talks with Pyongyang, thereby undermining our South Korean ally,” King added.

It is critical for Moon and his administration to understand Pyongyang’s objectives and to come up with a North Korea strategy that reflects that understanding. Ultimately, what the North wants is to ensure the security of its regime and prove its military prowess through developing nuclear capability.

Analysts are saying that North Korea is now at the most dangerous point in its nuclear weapons program history, since it has stated it is willing to attack the U.S. with nuclear weapons, even though it doesn’t actually have that capability yet.

 

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