'North Korea is afraid it will be attacked but the pace of the situation may lessen'

'North Korea is afraid it will be attacked but the pace of the situation may lessen'

North Korea fired a missile into Japanese waters

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

North Korea is afraid it will be attacked but now Kim Jong-un has said he has achieved his aim the pace of the situation between America and North Korea may reduce. 

That's according to Aidan Foster-Carter, an honorary senior research fellow in sociology and modern Korea at Leeds University.

North Korea has announced that it has conducted a successful test of a new intercontinental ballistic missile which can reach the whole of mainland America. The country has claimed this means it has achieved its aim of becoming a nuclear state.

Foster-Carter told Julia Hartley-Brewer “The latest statement from Kim Jong-un says we’ve now completed this or words to that effect.

“They are afraid that they are going to be struck” but whilst “one does wish they’d stop [nuclear tests] it may be that we will now get a lessening of the pace.”

He also said “I never thought [no testing] could last and particularly after President Trump put [North Korea] back on the US terrorist list.”

He believes “they doubtless deserve to be [on the list]  but in terms of if you’re trying to do diplomacy with anybody clearly that’s a provocation.” But due to “the muteness of Trump” it raises the question could the US “be gearing up for diplomacy?”

During the interview his 14-month-old son could be heard in the background and he joked “I’m trying to do my bit in the Rob Kelly thing and of course on radio it’s not so quite dramatic.

“I think [my son] could actually give both Trump and Kim Jong-Un some adult supervision.”

Listen to the full interview above

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