Debating Risk and Blowback on North Korea

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Cipher Brief experts debated the risk versus blowback of striking North Korea before it has a chance to strike the continental United States, at The Cipher Brief’s 2018 annual Threat Conference, in Sea Island, Ga.

Admiral (ret.) James “Sandy” Winnefeld, former Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff during the Obama administration debated Mary Beth Long, former Bush administration Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs, on what North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s “intent” is and whether talks between U.S. President Donald Trump and Kim could convince Pyongyang to denuclearize.

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