Jane Harman and James Person on North Korea's Missile Launch

Dec 18, 2012

Jane Harman, Director, President, and CEO of the Wilson Center, and James Person, NKIDP Coordinator, write in the LA Times that a nuclear-tipped missile capable of striking the West Coast of the United States may be available to Norrth Korea in the near future.

Harman and Person ask why North Korea chose to launch a rocket now and answer that question by looking at North Korea's three target audiences: the North Korean people, the South Korean people and the U.S. government.

Harman and Person conclude that "it's time for the Washington to try a new approach. Instead of talk of consequences, the U.S. should talk about reengagement and what it would take for North Korea to be welcomed as a part of a vibrant Asian region."

To read the op-ed by Harman and Person, please click here to be redirected to the website of the LA Times.

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  • Christian F. Ostermann // Director, History and Public Policy Program; Global Europe; Cold War International History Project; North Korea Documentation Project; Nuclear Proliferation International History Project
  • James Person // Deputy Director, History and Public Policy Program; Cold War International History Project; North Korea Documentation Project; Nuclear Proliferation International History Project
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