Seeking Diplomatic Solutions to the North Korean Problem

Professor Nicholas Burns presents his perspective on recent developments

April 4, 2013
by Doug Gavel; Video produced by Matt Cadwallader

“The moment of explosion is approaching fast.”  That was the statement delivered on Thursday (April 4) by the general staff of the North Korean People’s Army. The statement comes on the heels of news that the North has moved to its east coast a missile described by South Korean officials as having a "considerable" range.  The developments are the latest in a series of provocative statements and actions taken by the North in recent weeks and months. 

Nicholas Burns, The Sultan of Oman Professor of International Relations and director of the Kennedy School's Future of Diplomacy Project, is a former U.S. undersecretary of state and U.S. Ambassador to NATO. He offers his perspectives on the quick changing developments on the Korean Peninsula.

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Professor Nicholas Burns

Nicholas Burns, The Sultan of Oman Professor of International Relations

Burns says the North may just be posturing, but that the situation is still volatile and must be handled carefully