North Korea has means to declare nuclear war – Russian expert

A Russian expert believes that Pyongyang has effective means of delivering tactical missiles which could lead to a nuclear war. Another expert believes that dialogue with North Korea on the matter must be continued.

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North Korea has effective means of delivering tactical missiles and other nuclear weapons which could lead to a nuclear war, retired Major General Vladimir Dvorkin, the Chief Scientist of the Institute of World Economy and International Relations of Russia’s Academy of Sciences said.

Speaking at a meeting of the supervisory board of the International Luxembourg Forum on Preventing Nuclear Catastrophe, Dvorkin said that Pyongyang’s missile program is “close to the one developed in Iran” since the two countries had been sharing knowledge and experience in the nuclear weapons field.

“They are already capable of fitting nuclear warheads onto tactical missiles,” the Russian member of the Luxembourg Forum said.

Meanwhile, Gareth Evans, the former Australian Foreign Minister, said that it is necessary to continue having a dialogue with North Korea on the matter on nuclear weapons.

Evans believes that Pyongyang’s leaders understand well that using nuclear weapons would mean suicide.

The former Australian Foreign Minister added that it is necessary to remain calm and search for opportunities for a meaningful dialogue, but it is also important to keep up the pressure of sanctions against North Korea.

The International Luxembourg Forum on Preventing Nuclear Catastrophe comprises 49 globally renowned experts from 14 countries. The forum was established in 2007 based on a decision made at the International Conference on Preventing Nuclear Catastrophe.

North Korea has been criticized for its nuclear exercises, which go against the interest of the international community. Throughout the year, Pyongyang has had five missile tests. Several sanctions from the United Nations and the United States have already been imposed on the country.

Because of the threat from the North, South Korea and the US have already agreed to deploy a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense anti-missile systems in Seoul next year. Japan has also been looking into the possible benefits of having a THAAD system in its home soil.

Written by Jim Lemuel Wilson

Jim Lemuel Wilson previously worked for The Manila Times and S&P Global Market Intelligence. He specializes in Middle East affairs and foreign policy. Contact Jim by email.

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