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North Korea recently test-fired a new kind of submarine-launched ballistic missile.
The U.S. called the act destabilizing, but stopped short of labeling it an immediate threat to the region.
The launch came as top officials from South Korea, the U.S. and Japan were holding talks in Seoul on the nuclear standoff.
For more on this, we connect to Mark Barry, a long-time North Korea expert and the Associate Editor of the International Journal of World Peace.
The National Security chiefs of Seoul, Washington and Tokyo were meeting on the same day as the test-firing. In your view, was it a diplomatic or a military message the North wanted to send with the test-firing of this SLBM?
The Biden administration has a strong focus on Asia - and in particular China - how much weight do you put on the opinion the North’s military moves are most aimed at getting Washington’s attention - showing the U.S. it shouldn’t primarily focus on trying to reign in Beijing’s influence?
North Korea has long been known for copying the technology of other countries as well as hacking into other nations’ systems to steal their blueprints. Are you concerned that with this SLBM launch, North Korea is at a point now where it can generate its own sophisticated missile technology?
Finally, looking at it from the regime’s perspective. North Korea is banned from firing ballistic missiles and is relentlessly scolded for doing so. That being said, do you think it’s hard for South Korea and the U.S. to say they hold the moral high ground when they both test their weapons and hold huge joint military drills at least once a year right on the North’s doorstep?
Well, as always, we appreciate your insights on the matter. Mark Barry, Associate Editor of the International Journal of World Peace, with his analysis on North Korea. Thank you.