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North Korea attained major milestones in nuclear and missile-testing this year. On 3 September, it tested a nuclear device that it claimed had the explosive power of a hydrogen bomb. On 15 September, it launched a long-range ballistic missile that flew over Hokkaido before landing in the Pacific, 3,700km away from its launch-site. Last year, Pyongyang conducted two nuclear tests and launched 24 ballistic missiles. The nuclear and missile tests constitute a serious threat to peace and security on the Korean Peninsula, and to regional and global stability. The tests bolster North Korea’s military capabilities, and more importantly, threaten to undermine Washington’s long-standing extended deterrent and security guarantees to its northeast Asian allies, South Korea and Japan. If left unchecked, the tests could also trigger a nuclear cascade across the region.

This roundtable seminar is intended to enhance understanding of the Republic of Korea government’s unique perspective on the security on the Korean Peninsula.

Ko Yun-ju will speak about the threats posed by North Korea, and efforts by the ROK and the international community to curb such threats. Dr Lim Soo-ho will discuss the latest round of United Nations Security Council sanctions intended to halt Pyongyang’s progress towards a nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missile capability, and their impact on the North Korean economy.

Alex Neill and Dr William Choong – both Shangri-La Dialogue Senior Fellows for Asia-Pacific Security at IISS–Asia – and Dr Tim Huxley, Executive Director, IISS–Asia, will participate in the seminar.

This event is by invitation only. Places are limited and available on a first come first served basis.

To RSVP, please send an email to [email protected].

This event will be chaired by Dr Tim Huxley, Executive Director, IISS–Asia. It will take place at the IISS–Asia office, 9 Raffles Place, #51-01 Republic Plaza, Singapore 048619.

Ko Yun-ju is the Deputy Director-General, North Korean Nuclear Affairs Bureau of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Korea. Prior to his appointment at the North Korean Affairs Bureau, he served as the Consul for Political Affairs in New York from 2014–16, and as Deputy Chief of Mission and Deputy Consul-General in Xian, China from 2012–14. He was also appointed as the Director in Market Access Negotiations for Free Trade Agreement from 2010–12 and as Deputy Director in the North American Division from 2009–10. Ko holds a Master’s degree in Law from The George Washington University Law School, and a Master’s degree in Law and Diplomacy from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. He also holds BA in Economics from the Yonsei University, ROK.

Dr Lim Soo-Ho is the head of International Cooperation for Korean Unification Team at KIEP. His research focuses on North Korean economy, inter-Korean economic cooperation, and nuclear non-proliferation issues including sanction. He received his Ph.D. in political science from Seoul National University in 2007. As an expert in North Korea, Dr Lim has worked closely with various governmental branches such as the Department of Unification, Department of Foreign Affairs, and National Unification Advisory Council. Dr Lim is the author/co-author of several books, including: The Rise of Markets within a Planned Economy: A Forecast for North Korea’s Economic Reform and System Change (SERI, 2009); U.S-DPRK Confrontation: Cold War Confrontation within the Post-Cold War Era (Seoul National University Press, 2011); and Understanding North Korea: Indigenous Perspectives (Lexington Books, 2013).


Tim Huxley

Tim Huxley

Dr Tim Huxley is Executive Director of IISS–Asia in Singapore. He plays a leading role in organising the annual IISS Shangri-La Dialogue and the IISS Fullerton Forum: SLD Sherpa Meeting, as well as the IISS Fullerton Lecture series. He leads IISS research on the Asia-Pacific, edits the annual IISS Asia-Pacific Regional Security Assessment and contributes extensively to other IISS publications.

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Event details

Tuesday 31 October, 9am–1pm SGT
IISS–Asia, Singapore
Mr Ko Yun-ju, Deputy Director-General, North Korean Affairs Bureau; Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Korea
Dr Lim Soo-ho, Research Fellow, Korea Institute for International Economic Policy
Dr Tim Huxley, Executive Director, IISS–Asia