N. Korea’s Kim Jong Un increases tensions with nearby nations, shows how his new allies are Russia and China by using drone incursion, 70 missile launches.
Rebecca Grant is president of IRIS Independent Research.
This was not inevitable. Yes, North Korea built up its missile and nuclear arsenal in the Obama years. Then after tense times in 2017, Kim Jong Un backed off. Missile tests stopped cold in 2018 as then-President Donald Trump engaged him with personal diplomacy and tempting potential real estate deals. It was worth a try, and it paid off. North Korea did not conduct an advanced long-range test from late 2017 until early 2022.