North Korea's Rocket Launch

Author
Victor D. Cha, Ellen Kim
Content Type
Journal Article
Journal
Comparative Connections
Volume
14
Issue Number
1
Publication Date
May 2012
Institution
Center for Strategic and International Studies
Abstract
The most significant news in early 2012 centered on North Korea's rocket launch. In a slightly different twist to the pattern, this latest provocation came just two weeks after reaching what seemed to be a new deal with the US to freeze its missile and nuclear programs in exchange for food assistance. After Pyongyang went ahead with the launch in defiance of its international agreements and its so-called “Leap Day” deal with the US, it felt like Groundhog Day. The question soon became how soon a nuclear test might be in the offing. Meanwhile, the KORUS FTA finally took effect after seven years of deliberation, and US sanctions on Iran and US beef imports to the ROK also reemerged as issues for the relationship.
Political Geography
United States, North Korea