24 May 2017

News Story: Trump may mull naval blockade, no-fly zone against N. Korea - expert

SEOUL, May 23 (Yonhap) -- The Donald Trump administration may push for naval blockades or the imposition of a "no-fly" zone against North Korea should it succeed in developing an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), an expert here said Tuesday.

Trump would view it as a red line for the nuclear-armed communist nation, according to Shin Beom-chul, a professor at the Korea National Diplomatic Academy in Seoul.

In case of the North's successful development of ICBMs, "Taking military actions against Pyongyang will be the most appealing option on the table from Trump's perspective," he said in a paper released to media ahead of a security forum to be co-organized by Korea National Defense University and the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (foundation).

The forum will be held in Seoul on Wednesday with the theme of "The New U.S. Administration and Its Alliance Relations: Change and Continuity." Shin plans to give a presentation at the conference.

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