North Korean experts explain what Kim Jong Un wants

08-Dec-2016 Intellasia | Yonhap | 6:00 AM Print This Post

A top US general here warned that North Korea could stage a provocation within two months to test the incoming US administration or take advantage of political instability in Seoul.

Thomas S. Vandal, commander of the Eighth Army, made the remark in a luncheon meeting with senior reporters, citing the communist country’s track record of staging provocations in times of transition of power in Seoul and Washington.

Though there are no specific signs yet, he said, North Korea could raise military tension in an attempt to test President-elect Donald Trump, as Pyongyang has no idea of his policy toward the North.

He also said the North may also be tempted to provoke the South at a time Seoul is transfixed by a sprawling corruption scandal involving President Park Geun-hye and her close confidante.

Gen. Vandal said the US and Korean militaries are ready to counter any provocations from the North, including a submarine-launched ballistic missile.

As for the planned deployment of the US Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system, he reiterated US Forces Korea Commander Gen. Vincent K. Brooks’ remarks in November that the anti-missile system will be brought over in the next eight to 10 months.


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