North Korea has alarmed the international community with a flurry of missile launches, and now appears to be preparing to resume nuclear tests. Some experts believe Pyongyang's quest for enhanced military power is a result of the conflict in Ukraine, which has caused a split at the United Nations Security Council, and reaffirmed Pyongyang's conviction that nuclear weapons are essential for deterring an attack by a stronger power. Others suggest leader Kim Jong Un sees military might as key to forcing the US back to the negotiating table. NHK asked a series of experts what the world can expect from Pyongyang in the months and years ahead, and what role Japan can play in an increasingly fraught situation.
Isozaki Atsuhito (Professor, Keio University)