Experts give opinions on situation with North Korea

Experts with FacultyRow, a professional network for more than 100,000 academics, weighed in on the threat North Korea poses after it made multiple highly provocative statements related to its nuclear weapons.

Jeffrey Finder, the director of the FacultyRow network, said the current situation with North Korea does not seem to be going away. FacultyRow requested the opinions of several experts with the network to share their insight and expert knowledge.

Thomas Berger, an associate professor of international relations at Boston University, said that the U.S. has little leverage with economic sanctions already in place and few military or non-military options for intervention. The U.S. may also fear a military incident that could provoke South Korea to retaliate and lead to a massive escalation dynamic.

"The only good news is, that we have learned to live with this crisis for so long that muddling through under arduous conditions seems almost routine," Berger said. "We are most likely to kick the can down the road again, only now - as one CIA analyst quipped a few years ago - the can is glowing."

S. Frank Gallo, a retired rear admiral with the U.S. Navy, said the North Korea issue is a problem for Japan, South Korea, the U.S., China and the world at large.

Kenneth Keulman, a professor of international relations at Loyola University in New Orleans, said some analysts are concerned that the escalating rhetoric of Kim Jong-un may at some point put him in a position where he feels he need to act on the rhetoric to save face.

"(Kim's) menacing rhetoric is disturbing for, among other reasons, Pyongyang's short-and mid-range missiles are able to strike objectives in South Korea and Japan," Keulman said.

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