Kim Jong-nam: 'Other countries must grit their teeth and talk to North Korea', says researcher

Kim Jong-nam: 'Other countries must grit their teeth and talk to North Korea', says researcher

Kim Jong-nam has been killed

Friday, February 24, 2017

We need to "grit our teeth" and talk to North Korea, as the killing of Kim Jong-nam reminds us of what North Korea are capable of, according to a leading researcher.

Malaysia say the half-brother of North Korea's leader Kim Jong-nam was killed with a highly toxic nerve agent, which is classified as a weapon of mass destruction. Some have suspected that North Korea is responsible, however it has denied the claims.

Senior Research Fellow in Sociology and Modern Korea Aidan Foster-Carter told Julia Hartley-Brewer that the case​ reminds us that "the list of things to worry about that North Korea is quite extensive." It is also a “reminder of what they have," however he is not sure whether the attack was intended in this way.

If their idea was to get away with the attack "then you wouldn’t do it this way," he added. Foster-Carter believes other countries "need to do something, the question is what?"

It would be "irresponsible" to take North Korea out, so the best course of action is probably to grit your teeth, hold your nose and you talk to [them]."

Listen to the full interview above