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North Korea is committed to an ‘alarming change’ in nuclear policy: Professor


A professor from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies claims that North Korea would like to possess more nuclear weapons against U.S. soldiers in South Korea or Japan in the case of an invasion.

Jeffrey Lewis, an expert on arms control, stated that North Korea has the capability to use very few nuclear weapons against the United States.

According to CNBC, “They do have some deterrence but I believe the North Koreans fundamentally desire the capability to use a greater number of nuclear arms against U.S forces in South Korea, Japan if they think an invasion is underway.” “Squawk Box Asia”On Monday

“This is a part of [an] … alarming change in the way they approach nuclear weapons, and that change is really to give themselves the ability to use nuclear weapons first if they think they are about to be invaded,” he said.

His comments came after North Korea conducted another missile test on Sunday.

KCNA State News Agency reported Kim had “given important instructions about further building up of defense capabilities and nuclear combat forces for the country.”

Lewis stated that “North Koreans have really committed to shifting to nuclear policy.”

He said the missile looked like “yet another variant” of a short-range one and that it’s “more of the same” from North Korea — but it’s “still quite unwelcome.”

Nuclear weapons being tested?

Lewis claims that North Korea has been working towards a nuclear weapon test for more than four years, four years after its 2017 last one.

He stated that the gloves were being taken off in a way. “They don’t feel tied by any of their 2018 commitments. We’re also witnessing a lot activity at the nuke test site.”

U.S. President Donald TrumpTook part in two summits together with Kim discuss denuclearization on the Korean peninsula.In Hanoi, the second ended abruptly. two sides were unable to agree on the removal of sanctions.

North Korea shut down the access to its nuclear tunnels in 2018. However, Lewis claimed that they may have reopened them.

Satellite images taken in March showed construction at the site where North Korea has conducted all its previous nuclear tests, Reuters reported.

Professor said that Kim will decide when and where he wishes to test a nuke weapon.

“If there is one thing we can be certain of, that’s it: There will be a nuclear testing when Kim Jong Un wishes,” he said.