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US needs to shift North Korea policy to deterrence: expert

Japan, South Korea should also rethink their defense strategies

Evan Medeiros, Managing Director, Asia, Eurasia Group

SINGAPORE -- The latest sanctions on North Korea agreed at the United Nations Security Council are important, but not sufficient to stop Kim Jong Un's ambition to make his country a nuclear-armed state, a prominent political expert said in an interview with the Nikkei Asian Review on Thursday.

"It is very unlikely that any amount of pressure is going to force North Korea to give up [nuclear and missile] capability, especially right now because, I think, Kim Jong Un believes he is very close to having a fully operational nuclear-capable [inter-continental ballistic missile] maybe within a year or two," said Evan Medeiros, Asia managing director of New York-based political risk consultancy Eurasia Group, in Singapore.

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