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KEI Senior Director Troy Stangarone discusses future of North Korea's military force structure

November 30, 2018

In his latest column for the Korea Times, KEI Senior Director Troy Stangarone asks how North Korea will demonstrate its defense capabilities if ongoing negotiations actually succeed in denuclearization. Stangarone asks readers to recognize that the country's conventional arms are deeply outdated – and if sanctions are lifted and international trade resumes, North Korea will actively purchase hardware to upgrade its military. When this begins, what will mean for North Korea's current proliferation activities with buyers like Syria and Iran?

Stangarone asks the question that no one is asking: what does the future force structure of North Korea look like? And without answering this basic question, the denuclearization process itself is unlikely to conclude successfully.

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