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The US President-elect Donald Trump has dismissed North Korea’s claim to be developing missiles capable of striking America through a tweet, which has derided Kim Jong-un according to whom his country is close to testing long-range missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads. Moreover, Kim has added that North Korea is a military power of the East, which cannot be touched by even the strongest enemy.

North Korea has conducted two nuclear tests over the last year, raising fears that it has been making significant nuclear advances. However, the country has never successfully test-fired long-range missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads and the country is still a long way off to field a missile capable of reaching the US.

It is not sure if President-elect Trump is expressing doubts about North Korea’s nuclear capabilities or if he is planning some preventative action, but the President-elect has berated China for failing to help rein in its ally North Korea. The US President-elect’s tweet “It won’t happen” may mean that he believes that North Korea will fail to make the technological progress, that the regime will collapse or that he will be able to persuade the North Korean President to renounce his nuclear program. 

The President-elect Donald Trump seems to not take into consideration the military action since neither bunker-busting bombs nor Special Forces operations would be certain to destroy the program. On the contrary, the most likely counter-measures would be infecting computers with disruptive viruses.


The gLAWcal Team

LIBEAC project

Tuesday, 3 January 2017