Assessing the North Korea Threat and U.S. Policy: Strategic Patience or Effective Deterrence? Hearing Before the Committee on Foreign Relations, Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy, United States Senate, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, First Session, October 7, 2015   [open pdf - 695KB]

This is a testimony compilation of the October 7, 2015 hearing "Assessing the North Korea Threat and U.S. Policy: Strategic Patience or Effective Deterrence?" held before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. From the testimony of Jay Lefkowitz: "Over the last 21 years, since President Clinton signed a nuclear freeze agreement with North Korea, (known as the Agreed Framework), the ironically - named Democratic People's Republic of Korea has become a nuclear state. The consensus among experts is that North Korea now possesses approximately 6 - 8 plutonium nuclear weapons and 4 - 8 uranium nuclear weapons. And earlier this year, United States Admiral Bill Gortney, who is in charge of the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), announced that North Korea has developed the ability to miniaturize nuclear warheads and launch them at the US, though there is no evidence that the regime has tested the necessary missile yet. It is also widely known that North Korea proliferates its nuclear technology. In 2007, Israel destroyed a nuclear facility in Syria that had been the beneficiary of North Korean nuclear technology, and this past spring, Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter stated that North Korea and Iran 'could be' cooperating to develop a nuclear weapon. There is no doubt, therefore, that North Korea now poses a grave threat to those well beyond South Korea, next to whose border a significant portion of North Korea's million - man army is permanently stationed." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Jay P. Lefkowitz, Victor Cha, and Robert L. Gallucci.

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