Public lecture video by Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies (ICAS). This lecture was held on November 21, 2017. The speaker was James E. Platte, Assistant Professor with the U.S. Air Force Center for Unconventional Weapons Studies (CUWS) at Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama, USA.
North Korea’s nuclear program has made significant technological advances this year, including the demonstration of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) and a hydrogen bomb test. An ICBM tipped with a thermonuclear warhead would give North Korea a capability that it has long sought, namely to hold U.S. territory at risk. Is Pyongyang’s goal simply to deter U.S. attacks on or invasion of North Korea, or does Pyongyang have other political or military goals for its strengthening nuclear arsenal? Will North Korea continue its historical cycle of provocations against the United States and its allies?