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The Short and Long Term Approach to North Korean Nukes

Photo: A ground-based missile interceptor being lowered into its silo (Source: Sputnik) The DPRK’s fifth nuclear test on 9 September 2016 reveals the extent to which the Kim regime is determined to acquire an operational nuclear arsenal. When combined with recent missile test successes like the launch of a Musudan Intermediate Range Ballistic Missile (IRBM) on 22 June 2016 and the demonstration of a Submarine Launched Ballistic Missile (SLBM) capability with the firing of a Bukguekseong-1 SLBM on 24 August, the latest North Korean supreme leader, Kim Jong-un has shown the international community that he has abandoned all pretences towards the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula. Unlike

North Korea Drugs Trade

The North Korean government’s attitude towards drug trade has changed drastically in the last few decades. Although drug production and trafficking in North Korea originated from government attempts to earn foreign currency, since the drug epidemic of the mid 2000s, there has been a shift to close down official production of methamphetamine and border patrol with China have tightened in recent years.[1] Nevertheless, Yun Minwoo and Eunyoung Kim have brought up how the North Korean state has unintentionally propagated the skills and ideology for private drug production, specifically through the roles of various government officials and businessmen.[2] Though the policies of the North Korean g

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