What You Need to Know About North Korea’s Missile Program

Posted by Dr. Alon Levkowitz in the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies

Dr. Alon Levkowitz, a research associate at the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies, is an expert on East Asian security, the Korean Peninsula, and Asian international organizations.

BESA Center Perspectives Paper No. 680, December 10, 2017

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: North Korea’s missile program demonstrates Pyongyang’s ability to build a reliable deterrence capability against the US – but the program requires a huge budget.

Pyongyang should be able to fund the industry in the short term, but sanctions and costs might eventually force it either to look for new income sources or to offer tactical concessions.

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North Korea Accepts Offer to Meet With South Korea for Peace Talks Next Week

North Korea on Friday morning accepted South Korea’s proposal for official talks and are scheduled to have person-to-person talks next Tuesday.

South Korea’s Unification Ministry Baik Tae-hyun told reporters that North Korea informed them by fax at 10:16 a.m. local time that they have accepted their proposal for talks, CNN reported:

The person-to-person talks will be held January 9th at the Peace House, located on the South Korean side of the village of Panmunjom, located in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) between the 2 nations, Baik said.

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N. Korea Reopens Cross-Border Communications With S. Korea

POSTED BY HYUNG-JIN KIM, AP / MCCLATCHY SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reopened a key cross-border communication channel with South Korea for the first time in nearly 2 years Wednesday as the rivals explored the possibility of sitting down and talking after months of acrimony and

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