Anna Fifield, Washington Post: Will North Korea fire a missile capable of hitting the U.S. mainland? Probably.
SEOUL - North Korea has made no secret of its desire to build an inter-continental ballistic missile, or ICBM, capable of reaching the continental United States.
In his New Year’s Day address, Kim Jong Un said that North Korea had “entered the final stage of preparation for a test-launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile.” In response, President Trump tweeted: “It won’t happen!”
North Korea has quite a track record when it comes to making bold threats it can’t deliver on, but many analysts take Pyongyang at its word.
“They want a long-range missile with a warhead on it,” said Jon Wolfsthal, a senior non-proliferation adviser in the Obama administration who is now at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. “We should be worried about the direction that things are going in.”
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Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- April 5, 2017
US concessions on Korean peninsula could go a long way -- John Barry Kotch, South China Morning Post
How Trump can get Xi to say 'Yes' on North Korea -- Lori Esposito Murray, Defense News
Towards High Noon in U.S.-China Relations -- Pravin R. Jethwa, RCD
Who Will Retake Raqqa? -- Jamie Dettmer, VOA
Doing Nothing Is Better Than Acting: The Trump administration is making a smart foreign policy decision not to intervene in Syria after the recent chemical attack. -- Trevor Thrall, US News and World Report
Inaction over Syria has exacted a terrible price -- Jonathan Freedland, The Guardian
The worrying lessons of the Syria chemical attack -- Peter Apps, Reuters
How Is Syria Still Using Chemical Weapons? -- Krishnadev Calamur, The Atlantic
Syria chemical 'attack': What now? -- Jonathan Marcus, BBC
Yemen is fast becoming a global, not regional, problem -- Adam Baron, European Council on Foreign Affairs
Jacob Zuma: his exit might be anything but dignified -- Jason Burke, The Guardian
Why Modi Isn't Another Putin or Trump -- Mihir Sharma, Bloomberg
Corruption, Terrorism, and Russia’s Future -- Michal Romanowski, RCW
Alexei Navalny Shakes Up a Slumbering Russia -- Christian Esch, Spiegel Online
Reality Check: European Parliament's 'red lines' on Brexit -- BBC
In the Brexit Divorce, Who Takes Custody of Little Gibraltar? -- Nico Hines and Narbie Latza Nadeau, Daily Beast
Are Mexico’s Oil Reserves Almost Depleted? -- Zero Hedge