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Why North Korea is testing weapons right now, with Jean Lee

This year will see several significant anniversaries for Kim Jong-un’s regime.

In what could be a big year for weapons testing in North Korea, Katie Stallard speaks to Jean Lee, senior fellow at the Wilson Center in Washington DC and the former Pyongyang bureau chief for the Associated Press.

They discuss the country’s recent missile launches, fears that the regime could be preparing to test a new nuclear weapon, and why 2022 could see a new crisis on the Korean peninsula.

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Further reading:

Kim Jong-un is just getting started (New York Times).

Keeping up with the Kims: North Korea’s communist monarchy.

From the NS archive: North Korea.

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