What to Make of North Korea’s Recent Weapons Test

| Joseph DeTrani
Joseph DeTrani
Former Director of the National Counterproliferation Center

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un oversaw the testing of as a new ‘tactical guided weapon’ on Wednesday in the country’s first weapons test since talks between Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump broke down in late February.

The weapons test was followed by a statement from the North Korean news agency, saying that US. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo should be replaced in talks between the U.S. and North Korea, calling for the U.S. to send someone ‘more mature’. 

The Cipher Brief spoke with Ambassador Joseph DeTrani, who is the former Special Envoy for Six Party Talks with North Korea about whether the U.S. should be surprised by the test and how they should respond.

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The Author is Joseph DeTrani

Ambassador Joseph DeTrani is former Special envoy for Six Party Talks with North Korea and the U.S. Representative to the Korea Energy Development Organization (KEDO), as well as former CIA director of East Asia Operations. He later served as the Associate Director of National Intelligence and Mission Manager for North Korea and the Director of the National Counter Proliferation Center, while also serving as a Special Adviser to the Director of National Intelligence. Ambassador DeTrani is... Read More

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