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Top N. Korean defector to testify at US Congress

Top N. Korean defector to testify at US Congress”

He is the highest-ranking North Korean defector in two decades and is making his first visit to Washington, D.C., as President Trump prepares to depart on his first trip to Asia. And maximum engagement I think should include not only the Kim Jong-un leadership but also North Korean population as well.

The Japanese media outlet noted Kim Jong Un's government set off the device near the Punggye-ri site in northeast North Korea, which they say caused a 6.3 magnitude quake. To build his legitimacy, Kim Jong Un championed the rapid progress toward a nuclear-tipped intercontinental ballistic missile that could threaten the United States — which now puts him on a path to confrontation with Trump.

Referencing those weapons, Thae said Wednesday that while the US and South Korea could surely defeat North Korea in a war, it would be devastating.

"We should tell Kim Jong Un that America is ready to use all military options if Kim Jong Un continues this process", Thae said.

Some analysts contend the risk of Kim acquiring a nuclear weapon capable of targeting the US homeland is greater than the risks associated with the outbreak of a regional war, the report said. He'll address a congressional hearing Wednesday.

"As we intensify our efforts to counter North Korea's nuclear threats, we must consider the full array of policy options at our disposal", Royce, the committee chairman, said.

North Korea has called Thae "human scum" and accused him of embezzling government money and committing other crimes. It said a protracted conflict, particularly one in which North Korea uses its nuclear, biological or chemical weapons, could cause enormous casualties on a greater scale. He said that task is increasingly hard because of the availability inside North Korea of portable digital devices and easily hidden memory cards.

Thae called for more small digital players to be smuggled into North Korea to receive outside broadcasts.

He urged Washington to use "soft power" instead - enforcing sanctions and disseminating information challenging North Korean propaganda to turn people against Kim's authoritarian government. Also, programs could educate North Koreans on how they should be paid for labor they provide for free when mobilized by the state.

In the South Trump is due to address parliament, visit a U.S. military base, and hold a summit with Moon, although he will not go to the Demilitarized Zone that divides the two Koreas.



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