Congressional Briefing - June 12, 2009

Dealing with a Defiant North Korea

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Chaibong Hahm, RAND Corporation
Bruce Bennett, RAND Corporation


Friday, June 12, 2009


11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.


2200 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C.

About the Program

Since early April, North Korea has repeatedly and brazenly attempted to launch a satellite with an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), detonated a nuclear device, and launched numerous short-range missiles. It appears to be preparing further violations with another ICBM launch and launches of several medium-range missiles. It has threatened military attacks and war against those who would try to limit or punish its actions. And it has been trying to deal with the implications of the apparently serious health problems of its leader, Kim Jong-Il, including establishing the dynastic succession to his youngest son.

The international community backlash to these provocations has been swift and resolute with condemnation from all sides, including from traditional North Korean allies such as China and Russia. These events and the subsequent reactions of the global community are of great concern to policymakers. Please join us to hear from RAND experts who will discuss aspects of this North Korean aggression, including

  • North Korea's apparent objectives and strategies
  • the difficulties that the United States and its regional partners have in deterring North Korean actions
  • the U.S. national security implications from these threats
  • the June 16 summit between President Obama and South Korean President Lee
  • next steps.

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