World Ch. Schedule : FRI 22:30 KST
* Date : 2020-03-13
North Korea fired projectiles once again, just a week after its first weapons test of the year. The latest test comes after five European countries condemned the North’s previous launch. In response, North Korea said the test was an act of self-defense. Is the regime building up to unveiling a “new strategic weapon” with continued provocations? Meanwhile, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un sent a letter to South Korean President Moon Jae-in, where he offered condolences over the COVID-19 outbreak in the South. Kim’s letter came just a day after his sister Kim Yo-jong issued scathing criticism of Seoul for condemning the North’s military drills. What do these mixed messages mean for South Korea? Kim Yo-jong’s statement was the first of its kind, which analysts believe is an indication of her elevated status. Does her emergence signal a new stage in North Korea’s family leadership system?
To break down the latest developments, we are joined by Park Won-gon, Professor of International Studies at Handong Global University. We also connect with guest experts on Skype to broaden the perspective, including John Feffer, Director of Foreign Policy In Focus at the Institute for Policy Studies and Daniel Sneider, Lecturer in East Asian Studies at Stanford University.