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The nuclear weapons are going to be targeted at ports and airfields and probably some army bases where U.S. forces are. What they actually target, of course, is a little bit harder to guess.feedback
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May 18 2017 Nuclear weapons
The latest quote from Jeffrey Lewis is: “It's not like there is an answer written down in a little book. The North Koreans have a kind of articulated strategy, and they've shown some scary stuff, and we're left to sort of piece together what all that means.”. It comes from the North Korea showed off a lot of missiles. What might be itstargets? article. You’ll find on this page 22 articles with Jeffrey Lewis quoted on topics such as Iran, North Korea and testing. Jeffrey Lewis has been quoted 47 times in 22 articles.
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Apr 06 2017

They've been able to put a nuke on a missile for a while now. The stated purpose of the last test was to validate the nuclear weapon design that would arm all of North Korea's missiles.feedback

Apr 05 2017

Someone forgot to tell him that a new administration promising a new approach it can't quite articulate is, in fact, the old approach. Previous administrations even used the same words, calling North Korea's actions 'unacceptable' and pointing to a different 'path.feedback

Mar 24 2017

He even used the same language as the Obama and Bush administrations.feedback

Mar 18 2017

News flash, these Venn diagrams do not overlap.feedback

Mar 18 2017

It's a bad strategic idea, but you can understand why military planners would gravitate toward it.feedback

Mar 14 2017 - Nuclear weapons

If they are not going to arm them, they need to say that. They need to make them absolutely clear. The thing the North Koreans are most afraid of is that we're going to kill Kim Jong-un in a decapitating strike and … that will strengthen their incentives to make sure that low level commanders will have the ability to use nuclear weapons. It will make the North Koreans even more jumpy and have a way itchier trigger finger.feedback

Mar 14 2017

In a war they plan to use their weapons early. We plan to hit them before they do that, and the South Koreans plan to hit them before we have a chance to take too long to do that.feedback

Mar 11 2017

This idea that these things were just bargaining chips – something that was true years ago – is superseded by the fact that there is now a rocket force . . . with a commander and a headquarters and subordinate bases, all with missiles. This is now a living, breathing thing.feedback

Mar 11 2017 - ICBM

The ICBM program is real. They've showed us their static engine test. They showed us the mock-up of the nuclear warhead. They have done everything short of actually testing the ICBM. When they do test it, the first time it will probably fail. But eventually it will work. And when it works, people are going to freak out.feedback

Mar 11 2017

China's leaders thought that the important thing was to master the technology. While the United States did fine calculations of the deterrence balance, Chinese leaders tended to think of deterrence like a checklist of achievements.feedback

Mar 11 2017 - THAAD

I don't think that the Chinese and U.S. have, historically, experienced the kind of tit-for-tat modernization that we saw during the U.S.-Soviet arms race. The Chinese more or less modernized for their own reasons and according to their own ideas. I don't see the deployment of Thaad in South Korea as a significant improvement in the ability of the U.S. to monitor Chinese missile tests.feedback

Mar 09 2017

They're missiles, and this is missile defense, and for a lot of people that checks all the boxes. The unintended consequence I can see is that you don't want the South Korean people to think this solves the North Korean missile problem, because it doesn't.feedback

Mar 09 2017 - THAAD

It's not that [China's objections] are irrational, but it's more about what the deployment symbolizes than the radar's actual capability. It's very controversial, the THAAD system. And whoever comes after Park will have the system in place without the responsibility of having agreed to it.feedback

Mar 07 2017 - THAAD

An advantage of the ER Scud over the Rodong is that the ER Scud is much cheaper. So North Korea can presumably build more ER Scuds to overwhelm THAAD.feedback

Feb 14 2017

The hardest thing to get the North Koreans to trade away were always the capabilities they already had. They were often willing to not do things. But getting them to give something up that they've already done tends to be much harder. These things went from potential bargaining chips to real capabilities that they don't want to give up.feedback

Feb 14 2017 - North Korea

It's not a guarantee, but it's a really important step. It's the straw that stirs the drink. If we get any bright ideas about rolling into Pyongyang, they have this retaliatory capability. And that really enables them to use their theater capabilities much more aggressively because we're not going to want to escalate. So if they have an ICBM capability that they can rely upon, it could be very destabilizing.feedback

Jan 04 2017 - ICBM

There's a warren of tunnels under the nuclear site. And an ICBM can be launched from anywhere in the country because it's mobile. You might as well invade the country.feedback

Nov 08 2016

But given the scale of the cooperation we've seen on the missile side, would it shock me? No, it would not shock me.feedback

Nov 08 2016

We know that there's a pretty robust collaboration. We see the cooperation right up until this day.feedback

Sep 14 2016

The primary constraint on its program is gone.feedback

Sep 14 2016 - Iran

While we saw this work in Iran, over time countries can adjust to sanctions.feedback

Sep 09 2016

The important thing is that five tests in, they now have a lot of nuclear test experience. They aren't a backwards state any more.feedback

Sep 09 2016

Yield estimates are always kind of approximate. The point is that it is the biggest one to date unless they revise the yield downward.feedback

Aug 30 2016

This represents an enormous investment in North Korea's missile production infrastructure, something that is consistent with the propaganda offensive we have seen and the spike in missile testing.feedback

Jun 22 2016

That suggests the missile worked perfectly. Had it been fired at its normal angle, it would have flown to its full range.feedback

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