KEI Senior Director Troy Stangarone: Making Missile Tests Normal
November 5, 2019
Writing for the National Interest, KEI Senior Director Troy Stangarone excoriates the Trump administration for normalizing North Korea’s missile tests. He warns that:
“Whether intentionally or not, by normalizing North Korea’s recent ballistic missile tests, Trump is making it more rather than less likely that any deal with North Korea will leave Pyongyang with increasingly advanced missiles capable of attacking Japan, South Korea, and US military installations in the Pacific.”
He recognizes that Trump may have downplayed the tests to keep the nuclear talks on track. But with the talks seemingly stalled and North Korea suggesting their prospects may be dwindling, Stangarone believes that the administration’s concession has done little to keep talks alive.
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