President Obama overlooks the DMZ while attending a nuclear summit in South Korea
(Courtesy: The White House).
As President Barack Obama flies back to Washington from a two-day nuclear summit in South Korea, North Korea is ignoring his warnings. The North says it will not abandon its plans for a long-range missile launch scheduled for next month. Monday the President said that if the launch moves forward, North Korea would further deepen its isolation, face additional sanctions and damage relations with neighboring countries.
Margaret Kosal, assistant professor in the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, is an expert in international security and counterproliferation. She is watching North Korea closely as leader Kim Jong Un begins his fourth month in power.
"Some show of power was expected following Kim Jong Il's death in December, as was the hope of renewed nuclear talks. What wasn't anticipated was the order: a move to return to international engagement, followed two weeks later by the announcement of an upcoming show of force.
"The last time they tried to launch a satellite into space, it ended up in the Sea of Japan. The timing for the announced launch coincides with South Korea's elections for its version of Congress. So there's reasonable doubt -- and interest -- in whether, and at what rate, the North has advanced its missile technology."
The United States and South Korea say the launch is another step in the North's nuclear missile development. North Korea insists that the satellite is part of a peaceful space program and will help to forecast the weather.
For more information, or to schedule an interview, please contact: