On Sunday, North Korea conducted its most powerful nuclear test yet, reporting that it detonated its first thermonuclear bomb.
At an emergency U.N. Security Council session, U.S. United Nations ambassador Nikki Haley said North Korea is “begging for war.” Meanwhile, Trump criticized South Korea for its appeasement of its Northern neighbor and also implied the possibility of a regional trade war.
So what makes this nuclear test different? What does it mean for North Korea’s nuclear capabilities? How is Southern California preparing for a potential threat? And if you’re Korean-American, tell us about how your relatives and friends in South Korea are dealing with the current geopolitical situation.
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Tom Collina, director of policy at the Ploughshares Fund, a public grantmaking foundation that works to prevent the use of nuclear weapons in war; he is the former research director of the Arms Control Association (2009-2014); he’s been working on issues of nuclear policy and non-proliferation for over 25 years in D.C.
Hal Kempfer, retired Marine Lieutenant Colonel and CEO of KIPP knowledge and intelligence program professionals; he does terrorism and intelligence training and has worked in the intelligence community since 1987; KIPP will be doing nuclear preparation seminars for Long Beach next week