Assessing The North Korean Threat

Assessing The North Korean Threat

North Korea continues to warn of nuclear war and has advised foreigners to leave South Korea. A panel of experts joins Diane to assess the North Korean threat.

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says North Korea is “skating very close to a dangerous line.” In the past few weeks, the North has nullified its armistice, severed its hotline and declared a state of war with South Korea. It has blocked access to a joint factory in Kaesong and vowed to restart a key nuclear complex. A medium-range missile launch is expected any day as a show of strength leading up to April 15, the 101st anniversary of state founder Kim Il-Sung’s birth. The risk of a small miscalculation or mistake sparking accidental conflict is growing. A panel of experts joins Diane to assess North Korea’s threats and how to defuse the situation.


Robert Litwak

vice president and director of international security studies, Woodrow Wilson International Center National; former Director of Nonproliferation at the White House National Security Council in the Clinton administration and author of "Outlier States: American Strategies to Change, Contain or Engage Regime."

Elise Labott

CNN foreign affairs reporter.

Victor Cha

professor, Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service; senior adviser for Asia, CSIS; author of "The Impossible State: North Korea, Past and Future" and former director of Asian Affairs at the White House National Security Council during the Bush administration.

Kurt Campbell

chairman and CEO, The Asia Group; former Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs from 2009 to 2013.

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