North Korea Probably Won’t Admit Rocket Launch Failed, Koh Says

Koh Yu Hwan, a professor of North Korean Studies at Dongguk University in Seoul, comments on North Korea after South Korea’s defense ministry said the North’s rocket launch may have failed:

On rocket launch failure:

“Even though the launch has failed, it’s most likely the North will tell its people it was a success. They’ve done it before. The North will be under pressure because they did go ahead with the launch even though they’ve been warned of the consequences.”

On sanctions against North Korea:

“The big question now will be how strong sanctions against the North will be. The North could use the nuclear development as a card to find a way to bargain with the U.S. It’s most likely China and Russia may try to minimize the scope of the sanctions because they don’t want this situation escalating further and would want to give Kim Jong Un another chance.”

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