North Korea’s missile launch on Sunday, May 13 is said to be a new type of ballistic rocket – that can go higher and farther than any other test yet. It is raising alarms about progress in North Korea’s nuclear capabilities. Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation Executive Director John Tierney was interviewed by WVTM about the progress of North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs and how the U.S. should respond to rising tensions on the Korean Peninsula. Tierney said the missile (Sunday’s test) traveled farther than any others from North Korea so far and could reach U.S. territories (like Guam.) He stressed the importance of stronger sanctions against North Korea and suggested the Trump administration needs to fill empty positions that would normally work with North Korea so important dialogue can happen.
“It’s time for us to really realize that we’ve got to get serious about offering to have some conversations, some negotiations,” said Tierney. “With enough leverage from the sanctions in order to do that.”