By Jonathan Landay North Korea has made a series of key military and economic gains since its first test of an intercontinental ballistic missile last September, and now its leader has a nuclear-capable missile that could be fired at the U.S. mainland.
In this exclusive excerpt from “The Good,” NBC News senior correspondent Robert Siegel discusses what we know about North Korea and what we don’t.
North Korea is a rogue state and the United States has not formally declared war on the country.
We’ll cover some of the highlights in the first half hour of the interview.
What does North Korea believe it can achieve by deploying its missiles?
The U.N. Security Council recently passed a resolution declaring North Korea a state sponsor of terrorism and a threat to the global community.
In response, the Trump administration has threatened a number of retaliatory measures.
What is the nuclear program?
The North has conducted five nuclear tests, which has put the country on a path toward developing a nuclear weapon.
But the U and its allies have been cautious in assessing North Korea because of the secretive nature of its program.
How is North Korea different from its predecessor, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea?
North Korea was the first country to develop an ICBM, a ballistic missile capable of reaching the U of A, and then developed a long-range missile that can reach the U as well.
What’s the deal with Iran?
The United States and other nations have been pushing for negotiations with Iran to curb its nuclear program, and they have been successful in getting a number.
What are the diplomatic efforts to resolve the nuclear standoff with Iran, and how far do they stand?
The Trump administration announced that it will impose sanctions on Iran over its nuclear weapons program, but that the administration will not pursue military action.
What does Trump say about North Korean weapons and ballistic missiles?
President Trump said in his State of the Union address that North Korea would be “tested” and “disarmed” if it violated its international commitments.
What has the president said about North Koreas missile capabilities?
The administration has maintained that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is committed to his country’s nuclear weapons and missile program.
What can we expect from the president?
We’ll talk about what the president means by “disarmament,” as well as his stance on North Korea, the Iran nuclear deal and the possibility of sanctions.