State Department official condemns North Korean missile tests

Bureau of Arms Control, Verification and Compliance Assistant Secretary Frank Rose. | Courtesy of the U.S. Department of State
The State Department's Assistant Secretary of the Bureau of Arms Control, Verification and Compliance Frank Rose spoke at the Institute for Korean-American Studies regarding the illicit missile program of North Korea.

Rose began by recounting information that the U.S. government had acquired regarding a recent ejection test related to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea's (DPRK) ballistic missile program. This act has increased tension in the region and violated United Nations Security Council Resolutions.

He also said the thought process of the DPRK government is that with military strength the nation would earn international respect through intimidation. Rose said the country remains an outlier in a region that, for the most part has enjoyed relative prosperity and peace.

With the increased progress and attention that the DPRK's missile program receives, the U.S. and its allies would need to address their response to a potential attack. In the case of the U.S., there are systems in place that can intercept an incoming weapon, and the military is improving this system. Not only does this bolster U.S. security, it also helps our allies in the region that would be close targets, including South Korea and Japan, by deterring any coercive act or attack from the DPRK.

Rose concluded that diplomatic pressure on the DPRK is continuing to intensify with increased sanctions signed in an executive order by President Barack Obama.

"Even as the international community grows more united, the United States and its allies cannot and will not stand idle in the face of threats and destabilizing actions by North Korea," Rose said. "Simply put, North Korea cannot obtain the security, prosperity or respect it wants without negotiating an end to its provocative nuclear and missile programs."