The DPRK may become the biggest foreign policy challenge for the Biden administration.
As previously reported by News Front, Kim Jong-un has already announced the improvement of the republic’s nuclear weapons, along the way calling the United States the country’s “biggest enemy”. The problem is that these ambitious plans are being built by the North Korean leadership against the backdrop of an unprecedented crisis associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.
A deadly virus, the collapse of an already weak economy, and nuclear weapons are too dangerous a combination, writes The Washington Post, urging Biden to be on the alert.
To date, North Korea continues to declare that there are no cases of coronavirus infection in the country. At the same time, the republic completely blocked its borders, as it did during the SARS outbreak in 2003 and the Ebola virus in 2014.
This isolation inevitably affects the economy. The situation is aggravated by the fact that because of the closed borders, cooperation with China has also ceased. If the situation finally gets out of the control of the North Korean government, the temptation to launch a nuclear strike against external enemies will be very great.
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“At worst, a combination of disease and a deteriorating economy could lead to internal chaos that could threaten state control of its nuclear arsenal. A crisis with unguided nuclear weapons could ultimately make several missile launches conventional”, – the publication concluded.