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Experts discuss North Korea

Experts discussed North Korea in response to its nuclear test on Sept. 9, sharing the view that Kim Jong Un conducted the test in order to maintain his totalitarian regime by demonstrating his nation’s nuclear force to the international community, especially the U.S. University of Tokyo Professor Fumiaki Kubo commented that the U.S. is apparently taking Pyongyang’s latest nuclear test seriously, and Kanda University of International Studies Professor Ichiro Koroki said that China is taking an ambiguous position on international pressure on the DPRK because it feels that maintaining the Kim regime is preferable to creating turmoil by overthrowing it. Keio University Professor Tomoki Kamo said that China is concerned that enhanced cooperation between the U.S., Japan, and the ROK in response to North Korea is having an impact on the security balance in the region. All of the panelists stressed that China holds the key to international cooperation against North Korea. Kwansei Gakuin University Professor Shunji Hiraiwa commented that North Korea may take advantage of China’s friction with the U.S. and South Korea over the THAAD deployment in the ROK.

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