Erlangen 2018 – wissenschaftliches Programm
AGA 4.1: Hauptvortrag
Donnerstag, 8. März 2018, 14:00–15:00, B 0.014
The North Korean Threat from the US Perspective — •David Wright — Union of Concerned Scientists
After developing its missile program for several decades, North Korea has made surprisingly rapid progress in the last two years. This talk will describe what we know about North Korea's program and what additional steps it needs to develop*and demonstrate*the capability to deliver a nuclear weapon to US territory. In particular, the talk will look at issues related to the development of a successful reentry vehicle to shield the warhead from the heat and stresses of passing through the atmosphere. It will also discuss the US debate over how to respond to North Korea's program, including the role of sanctions, diplomacy, and military options. Finally, it will look at the effect the growing North Korean missile threat is having on US plans to develop and deploy ballistic missile defenses.