US-South Korea Alliance Deters North’s Military Threats, Study Says

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NorthKoreaA Defense Department report released Thursday says North Korea’s continued nuclear technology experiments and ballistics missile programs show the country remains a threat to the U.S., according to the American Forces Press Service.

Cheryl Pellerin writes the report also says the U.S.’ alliance with South Korea acts as a deterrent against potential attacks on the South by the North.

The Defense Intelligence Agency and the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Policy studied North Korea’s security and military strategy, capabilities, proliferation activities and other military security developments for the report.

North Korea has conducted three tests since 2006 and has violated four U.N. Security Council resolutions and a September 2005 agreement, according to AFPS.

Report authors also believe North Korea has a military computer network operations capability for collecting intelligence data, Pellerin writes.

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