Testing Trump’s Nuclear Fuse, North Korea Launches More Missile Tests

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

South Korea says that North Korea launched what appeared to be two  short-range missiles on Thursday, which would constitute the second round of missile tests in the past five days.

Meanwhile, the U.S. announced it has seized a North Korean shipping vessel that it says was in violation of international sanctions.  Prosecutors from the U.S. Department of Justice said the ship was being used to export North Korean coal, which would be violation of sanctions.

Cipher Brief expert, Ambassador Joseph DeTrani is headed to South Korea this weekend as part of a fact-finding delegation.  We spoke with him as he was preparing for that trip, about the latest back and forth and what it could mean for U.S. – North Korean negotiating efforts.

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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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