March 26, 2021

Biden vows to ‘respond accordingly’ if North Korea escalates missile testing following latest launch

Featuring Duyeon Kim

Source: South China Morning Post

Journalist AFP Staff

US President Joe Biden has warned North Korea that the US will “respond accordingly” if it escalates its military testing, after Pyongyang fired two missiles in its first major provocation since he took office.

The nuclear-armed North has a long history of using weapons tests to ramp up tensions, in a carefully calibrated process to try to forward its objectives.

Biden’s response demonstrates a change of tone from his predecessor Donald Trump, who engaged in an extraordinary diplomatic bromance with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and last year repeatedly played down similar short-range launches.

Read the full story and more from the South China Morning Post.

Authors

  • Duyeon Kim

    Adjunct Senior Fellow, Indo-Pacific Security Program

    Duyeon Kim, PhD, is an adjunct senior fellow with the Indo-Pacific Security Program at CNAS. Her expertise includes the two Koreas, nuclear nonproliferation, arms control, Eas...