In spite of the widespread condemnation of North Korea’s behavior, the debate regarding these events comes with a range of different perspectives:
- Dr. David Wright, a nuclear weapons and global security-missile defense expert with the Union of Concerned Scientists, explains that the science of how and why the rocket failed so soon after its launch is indicative of poor and underdeveloped warhead delivery capabilities.
- John Hudson of The Atlantic argues that North Korea’s attempts to allay concerns regarding the rocket launch are unconvincing at best.
- Josh Rogin of Foreign Policy considers the negative attention the rocket launch will bring to the Obama administration’s engagement strategy.
- Michael Mazarr, a professor at the U.S. National War College, maintains that even as North Korea reneges on its deal with the U.S., it paves the way for an nontraditional engagement strategy: “one that transfers our main emphasis to using dramatic economic and social changes underway in the North to promote long-term U.S. and allied interests… through targeted direct foreign investment, people-to-people contracts, training programs,” and other meaningful initiatives.