North Korea in “Final Stages” of Developing an ICBM.

Hawaii Intelligence Digest, 02 January 2017, 15:55 hrs, UTC, Post #71.


Reporter:  VOA News.

Accessed on 02 January 2016, 15:55 hrs, UTC.

Please click link to read the full story aired on the Voice of America (VOA).


In a televised addressed Sunday, 01 January 2017, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said his country was in the final stages of developing an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).  If current tests are successful, North Korea “could spark a new global arms race.”

North Korea has been under U.N. sanctions for 11 years over its nuclear and ballistic missile programs.  North Korean response to international appeals to suspend its weapons program have been met with further testing of missile technology, including anti-ship weapons.

U.S. Department of State spokeswoman Anna Richey-Allen tells the VOA that the North Korean weapons program is cause for grave concern.

On Sunday, 01 January 2017, the VOA summed up the position of the United States:

U.S. State Department spokeswoman Anna Richey-Allen on Sunday called on North Korea “to refrain from provocative actions and inflammatory rhetoric that threaten international peace and stability.” She also called on “All states to use every available channel and means of influence to make clear to the DPRK and its enablers that launches using ballistic missile technology are unacceptable, and take steps to show there are consequences to the DPRK’s unlawful conduct.”

“North Korea conducted two nuclear tests in 2016 undeterred by international rebukes and increased sanctions.”


Nothing much will be accomplished by protests from the United States.  The key to controlling North Korea rests with the Peoples Republic of China (PRC), which sustains the regime of Kim Jong Un.  Given the current diplomatic, military, and trade issues between the United States and the PRC, China will allow North Korea to swagger a bit, keeping the U.S. and its Southeast Asian allies off-balance, while Beijing pursues its own agenda in the the South China Sea and in Africa.

North Korea is behaving like a spoiled child, but for China, the circus north of the 38th parallel serves the useful purpose of distracting the United States.

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