Analysis

Expert Sees High Likelihood of North Korean Attack
This screen shot from North Korean TV on March 20, 2013 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un overseeing a live fire military drill. North Korean media said the military drill included drones and cruise missile interceptors. (NORTH KOREAN TV/AFP/Getty Images)
April 1, 2013
| Security
| Asia and the Pacific
Summary

In an exclusive interview with LIGNET, North Korea expert Dr. Sung-Yoon Lee says current tensions with North Korea are so high that they are likely to result in some kind of North Korean attack or bombing, possibly within a few days. Dr. Lee also discusses why the West has had such difficulty in dealing with the North Korean regime and the policies that America should employ to deal with it.

Tensions grew further over the last 36 hours. Yesterday, North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un presided over a Communist Party Central Committee meeting which set a "new strategic line" calling for building both a stronger economy and a nuclear arsenal. According to a government statement issued after the meeting, North Korea's "nuclear armed forces represent the nation's life, which can never be abandoned as long as the imperialists and nuclear threats exist on earth."

Yesterday, the United States sent F-22 stealth fighter jets to South Korea for military exercises with South Korea to be held this month.

Dr. Lee is the Kim Koo Korea Foundation professor in Korean studies and assistant professor at Tufts University’s Fletcher School. Lee also holds a PhD from the Fletcher School. He is a research fellow with the National Asia Research Program and an associate in research with Harvard University’s Korea Institute. Dr. Lee has written extensively on North Korea and is a frequent media commentator on Korean affairs.

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