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North Korea

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“On May 17, the North Korean Missile General Bureau conducted a test launch of a tactical ballistic missile equipped with a new navigation system of autonomous guidance. The test launch confirmed the accuracy and reliability of the system. The launch was carried out as part of the regular activities of the North Korean Missile General Bureau and subordinate defense research institutes for the active development of weapons technology.”

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Report by North's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA)
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“It is part of North Korea's propaganda approach to develop a voice in global affairs. Kim's statement comes amid Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping holding talks in Beijing, the West pressuring North Korea and Russia with sanctions and South Korea planning to stage Ulchi Freedom Shiled, a joint annual military drill with the U.S. in August. It may be true that North Korea is honing existing weapons to attack Seoul, but we cannot rule out the possibility of the country pulling weapons from its stocks and shipping them to Russia after further testing and deploying.”

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President of the University of North Korean Studies
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“Kim's [Kim Yo-jong syster of the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un] statement suggests that North Korea is concerned about international sanctions. I believe sanctions are still an effective tool. North Korea fears that if it admits its arms dealings with Russia, it may turn its European allies into enemies.”

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Professor of North Korean studies at Ewha Womans University
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“We have no intention to export our military technical capabilities to any country or open them to the public. Our tactical weapons, including multiple rocket launchers and missiles, will be used to prevent Seoul from inventing any idle thinking.”

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North Korean politician serving as the Deputy Director of the United Front Department of the Workers' Party of Korea
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“The Kim regime prioritizes advancing its military capabilities and doesn't care to stay quiet during the South Korean legislative election campaign. But firing an intermediate-range missile lacks the shock value of a full-range ICBM [intercontinental ballistic missile] launch or a nuclear test, so it's unlikely to swing any National Assembly seats. Although Pyongyang's weapons development remains a major concern, Seoul is currently focused on health care reform, economic policies, and domestic political scandals.”

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Professor at Ewha University in Seoul
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“The South Korean-U.S. training is over, but the North's isn't over yet. They won't just stand still … they've been talking about war.”

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Analyst at Asan Institute for Policy Studies
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“It is necessary to more vigorously push forward the work for making preparations for regular combat mobilization so that all the artillery sub-units can take the initiative with merciless and rapid strikes at the moment of their entry into an actual war.”

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Leader of North Korea
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“The drill started with the power demonstration firing of the long-range artillery sub-units near the border who have put the enemy's capital in their striking range and fulfilled important military missions for war deterrence.”

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Statement by Korean Central News Agency
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“Kim Yo Jong courteously conveyed Kim Jong Un's thanks to Putin to the Russian side, saying that the gift serves as a clear demonstration of the special personal relations between the top leaders of the DPRK and Russia and as the best one.”

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Report by North's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA)
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“What we do know about it, if it's close to what they tested last year, is that this underwater unmanned vehicle is likely quite slow. It's a very exotic system. It probably runs only something around eight knots per hour, which is somewhere around 14 or 15km [8.6-9.3 miles] per hour. It's probably quite vulnerable to anti-submarine warfare. Its value is more likely political in light of the US, South Korean, and Japanese drills. This does not make North Korea happy, and the political signal from this message here is quite clear - that it's going to continue to develop its nuclear arsenal in this sort of … spiral situation that we find ourselves in now.”

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Professor at the Hankuk University of Foreign Studies in Seoul
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“As already declared, the KPA [Korean People's Army] will launch an immediate military strike if the enemy makes even a slight provocation.”

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North Korean politician serving as the Deputy Director of the United Front Department of the Workers' Party of Korea
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“Kim [Kim Jong-un] has officially declared his intention not to engage in any dialogue with the Yoon Suk Yeol administration. It's a clear indication that Pyongyang will walk away from inter-Korean relations. If you read between the lines, what Kim meant is that his regime will achieve its ultimate goal of unification through the use of force, not through peaceful means. It seeks the collapse of South Korea.”

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Senior analyst at the Korea Institute for National Unification
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“I believe that it is a mistake that we must no longer make to deal with the people who declare us as 'the main enemy' and seek opportunities for 'our regime collapse' and 'unification by absorption' by collaborating for reconciliation and unification.”

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Leader of North Korea
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“North Korea could have decided to release King relatively quickly after seeing little advantage in keeping him. The North Korean authorities may have opted to use the case as a chance to highlight themselves as a 'normal state,' showing that they are no longer using these detainees for political, diplomatic purposes.”

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Professor at the University of North Korean Studies
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“Discussions of any open violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions on North Korea would signal that major international agencies will be paralysed. The summit is an indicator that North Korea-related Security Council resolutions are dead, as are all attempts to stop North Korea or penalise it for having a nuclear program. It creates an important precedent that is likely to be used not only by Russia but pretty much every major international player that if you don't like a UNSC resolution you just ignore it. Russia may be unlikely to provide North Korea with advanced technology that it could eventually lose control of. But its excessive signalling at defence cooperation allows it to send a strong message to South Korea not to directly provide military aid to Ukraine.”

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Professor at Seoul's Kookmin University
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“If they simply wanted a secret arms deal, the two leaders did not have to meet in person. Putin and Kim's diplomatic display is meant to claim success in challenging the U.S.-led international order, avoiding over-reliance on China, and increasing pressure on rivals in Ukraine and South Korea.”

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Professor at Ewha University in Seoul
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“Putin and Kim would both gain from a transactional bargain but they would also gain geopolitically by giving off the impression that their nuclear-armed countries are cooperating militarily and sending a warning about potential consequences to America's allies and like-minded partners that support Ukraine. Kim would also be signalling to Washington, Seoul and Tokyo that Russia has his back in Northeast Asia.”

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Adjunct senior fellow with the Indo-Pacific Security Program at CNAS based in Seoul
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“That Putin and Kim can satisfy one another's strategic interest is of concern beyond the war in Ukraine. North Korea desperately wants commodities such as food, oil, fertiliser and other goods. On the other hand, Russia has a vast military, nuclear and missile industrial complex, which…could provide Pyongyang much-needed technological fruits. If Moscow does move towards becoming a regular customer for embargoed North Korean arms, it will help Putin sustain his illegal war on Ukraine. But the potential technological payoff for Pyongyang could pose longer-term hazards for the world and must also be considered.”

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Visiting research fellow at King’s College London
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“The relationship between these two nations is based on lots of deception and rhetoric. While North Korea's Western-facing media output may take a strong stance in support of Russia's invasion of Ukraine, the media North Koreans consume has remained silent on the war. Many North Koreans may not even know that Russia has invaded its neighbour.”

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Leading researcher at Kookmin University's Institute for Korean Studies
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“The deepening relationship between Kim and Putin signals a further global split over the war. North Korea's support will allow Putin to wage his war for longer, which is bad news for Europe. It is further proof that much of the world doesn't support Ukraine in the way the US and Europe do, and some countries such as North Korea will openly support Russia without fear of any real consequences.”

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Korea Chair at the Brussels School of Governance
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“If conflict were imminent on the Korean Peninsula, you wouldn't want to be a crew member on that submarine. Even if its nuclear attack capability is largely a bluff, that loud, slow boat could be sunk as soon as it left port. It's another example of North Korea misallocating resources against the welfare of its people. Kim wants to increase military power, but when Pyongyang is more threatening, it is actually less secure.”

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Professor at Ewha University in Seoul
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“This is pretty new. The core issue is the propulsion system; the louder it is, the easier it is to find. It's not really clear if North Korea's long range missiles have good guidance to land at a specific target so the submarine would probably not be able to go that far away.”

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International relations expert at Pusan National University in Busan, South Korea
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“I don't think that any economic assistance from Russia could be more than symbolic. But North Korea needs technological help from Russia. North Korea's five major weapons projects are all based on original Russian technology.”

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Analyst at the Institute for National Security Strategy, a think tank affiliated with South Korea’s National Intelligence Service
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“It's shocking news for the U.S. and countries in Europe hoping for an early end to the war in Ukraine. North Korean munitions can add fuel to the fire.”

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Professor at the Institute for Far Eastern Studies at Kyungnam University in South Korea
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“North Korea will likely highlight racism in the United States and use it as a means to counter the United States' criticism of North Korea's human rights situation, rather than engaging in negotiations with the U.S.”

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Professor of North Korean studies at South Korea's Kyungnam University
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“Pyongyang presumably notified Tokyo of the impending launch because the rocket may fly over Japanese territory, and the Kim regime wants to claim it is conducting a legitimate space program. But the notification does not appear to meet international standards, and any North Korean satellite launch is illegal under UN Security Council resolutions that ban North Korean ballistic missile tests.”

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Professor at Ewha University in Seoul
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“The main message is that [Kim Ju Ae, North Korean leader's daughter] sort of like a symbol of power because the first time she appeared was near missiles, and missiles are probably the biggest symbol of North Korea's military. The idea is, look how stable we are. No one can attack us because we have these missiles … and our system can last for another generation.”

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Author of 'North Korea before Kim Il Sung', Seoul-based historian and leading North Korea scholar
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“The more the enemies are dead set on staging nuclear war exercises and the more nuclear assets they deploy in the vicinity of the Korean peninsula, the stronger the exercise of our right to self-defence will become in direct proportion to them.”

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North Korean politician serving as the Deputy Director of the United Front Department of the Workers' Party of Korea
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“The days of North Korea disguising ICBM activity as satellite launches were long-gone. Kim's blatant violations of UN Security Council resolutions showed that his goal was to make North Korea a full-fledged nuclear power and demand concessions from other countries.”

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Professor at Ewha University in Seoul
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“This is a significant breakthrough for the North Koreans, but not an unexpected one. Because these missiles are fuelled at the time of manufacture and are thus ready to use as needed, they will be much more rapidly useable in a crisis or conflict, depriving South Korea and the United States of valuable time that could be useful to preemptively hunt and destroy such missiles.”

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Stanton Senior Fellow in the Nuclear Policy Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
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“A new type of intercontinental ballistic missile was test fired on Thursday as the key means of strategic military force. The Hwasong-18 weapons system to be run by the country's strategic forces would play its mission and role to defend (North Korea), deter invasions and preserve the country's safety as its most powerful method.”

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Report by North's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA)
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“The underwater nuclear attack drone Haeil-2 … cruised 1,000km [621 miles] of simulated underwater distance. The test perfectly proved the reliability of the underwater strategic weapon system and its fatal attack ability.”

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Report by North's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA)
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“We should never be satisfied with the work to consolidate the thoroughgoing response posture of our nuclear force and should continuously strive to strengthen nuclear force steadily.”

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Leader of North Korea
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“Saying that they will surely annihilate the enemy if they fight it, the commander of the unit resolved to thoroughly have the ability to fully carry out its duty of fire assault any time by further intensifying the training of every fire assault company.”

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Report by Korean Central News Agency
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“More missile launches with variations in style and scope should be expected, with even a nuclear test. More acts of intimidation from North Korea should not come as a surprise.”

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Retired South Korean army general
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“His [Kim Jong Un] concluding speech based on profound originality and scientific accuracy is a weapon of change that provided a springboard for an epochal leap in pushing forward with the gigantic process for implementing the programme for rural revolution in the new era.”

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Report by North's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA)
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“He [Kim Jong Un] expressed the fixed determination and will of the Party Central Committee to bring about a revolutionary turn in the agricultural production without fail, saying that nothing is impossible as long as the strong leadership system is established in the whole Party and there is the united might of all the people.”

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Report by North's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA)
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“Tension on the peninsula is likely to reach its peak in coming months as North Korea is accelerating its military actions with higher frequency, and her [Kim Yo Jong's] statement indicates that it would continue impromptu missile tests using the Pacific as its shooting range.”

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Professor at the University of North Korean Studies
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