Serial No. 114-2: The North Korean Threat: Nuclear, Missiles and Cyber, Briefing Before the Committee on Foreign Affairs, House of Representatives, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, First Session, January 13, 2015   [open pdf - 1MB]

This is the January 13, 2015 briefing on "The North Korean Threat: Nuclear, Missiles and Cyber," held before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs. From the opening statement of Chairman Edward R. Royce: "First, this rogue regime has no interest in being a responsible state. Second, while Kim Jong Un continues to carry out human rights abuses around the world and by carrying out attacks, for those of you who remember some of the exercises that the North Koreans have taken offshore, as well, most importantly, of what they have done to their own people. The way in which a country treats its own people will sometimes tell us how they will treat others. The current President of South Korea, her mother was assassinated by North Korean agents. So, we looked at that U.N. report that was recently filed, after the evidence and interviews with many of the survivors, defectors out of North Korea, this was the conclusion of the report. The United Nations has found no parallel in the contemporary world for the treatment of people in North Korea. That is quite a statement. And in the meantime, of course, instead of assisting that population, the resources that North Korea gets its hands on continues to go into its nuclear and missile systems and, of course, cyber weapon capability as well. And third, the third point, North Korea's weapons are not merely for show. We and our allies in Northeast Asia are facing a brutal and dangerous regime, one that not only is trying to miniaturize nuclear weapons to put them on ICBM's, but also one, as I said earlier, that has been involved in the past in central Asia and in the Middle East in proliferating these different types of weapons, missiles and other types of offensive capabilities as well as nuclear weapons capability." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Sung Kim, Daniel Glaser, and Gregory J. Touhill.

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