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Defector: Kim Jung-Un Determined To Have Nukes In 2017

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North Korea is reported to be on a pathway to obtaining a nuclear arsenal by the end of the year 2017.

This according to a defector of the Communist regime, who is openly speaking out about a probable and imminent threat to the global community.

Thae Yong-Ho served as North Korea’s ambassador to the United Kingdom, and is believed to be the highest-ranking defector of the regime to date. He and his family relocated to South Korea in 2016.

According to Yong-Ho, North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong Un, is becoming more dangerous and more aggressive, and that his plans are to finish developing a first world nuclear arsenal that would rival any other country’s by the end of 2017.

Bruce Bennet, a senior defense analyst at the RAND corporation think-tank, stated that he did not believe North Korea was currently capable of launching a nuclear weapon that would reach the mainland of the US, based on the seemingly failed missile launches that occurred in 2016.

Off the 8 missile tests, 7 failed to achieve their stated goals.

However, Reuters reports that a fully developed ICBM, with such a range-capability, could be just couple years away.

“Once fully developed, a North Korean ICBM could threaten the continental United States, which is around 9,000 km (5,500 miles) from the North.

ICBMs have a minimum range of about 5,500 km (3,400 miles), but some are designed to travel 10,000 km (6,200 miles) or further.”

Gordon Change, the author of Nuclear Showdown, suggested that the previous U.S. strategy of imposing sanctions on North Korea will no longer be a deterrent to keep the Communist nation from the pathway of nuclear armament that it has set itself on. He told CNN,

“It’s not a question of being able to buy them off. This is part of the regime. They feel that it is necessary for survival.

They’re not going to give it up until they feel that the regime is on the verge of failure.”

North Korea’s “Glorious Leader,” Kim Jong Un, confirmed suspicions that the nation was on a pathway to developing intercontinental ballistic missiles during a televised address to his nation:

“Research and development of the cutting-edge tech weapons are actively progressing and strengthening our defense capabilities, including last stage preparation of tests for intercontinental ballistic rocket launch have been continuously succeeding.”

Do you see North Korea as being a major and immediate threat to the United States, and a major problem for the Donald Trump administration?

 

 

Source: Jim Sciutto Interview with Bruce Bennett

Source: CNN

Source: Reuters

 

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