On November 5, Markus Garlauskas, the former US National Intelligence Officer for North Korea and nonresident senior fellow with the Asia Security Initiative, published an article on CSIS Beyond Parallel where he warns against the danger of Pyongyang resuming strategic weapon testing, including technologies related to multiple nuclear-capable reentry vehicles. Garlauskas purposes that Washington should seek to at least delay multiple RVs tests because it could lead to a dramatic increase in the threat to US stability and interest. He proceeds to outline the history and existing North Korean multiple RVs, as well as the importance of preventing such testing.

Once North Korea conducts its first flight test of multiple warhead capability, it will be uncorking a new nuclear “genie”—presenting a whole new level of challenge from North Korea—and that genie would be very difficult, even impossible, to put back in the bottle.

Markus Garlauskas

Nonresident Senior Fellow, Asia Security Initiative

Asia Security Initiative