THE LOOMING THREAT OF NORTH KOREA
ANALYSIS BY: DAN DONATO
North Korea's missile program has rapidly progressed under Kim Jong Un's reign. In only six years, Kim Jong Un launched more than twice as many missile tests than his father and grandfather combined. In addition, North Korea is perfecting its ability to launch long-range missiles; the regime successfully launched an ICBM (intercontinental ballistic missile) for the first time in history on July 4, 2017. ICBMs are especially worrisome given their intent to deliver nuclear warheads thousands of miles away from their origin, with precision and speed. In this light, it is apparent that a military approach to normalizing North Korea would be met with disastrous counter. But given that North Korea is already one of the most heavily sanctioned countries, what options are left?