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North Korea’s Transition: Time of Mistrust and Uncertainty

North Korea’s nuclear weapons remain a threat to its neighbor, but also to the U.S. forces stationed in the Japanese islands. While there is no widely accepted figure for the size of North Korea’s nuclear arsenal, most experts estimate that North Korea possesses at least a handful of nuclear devices.

The North Korean weapons and tactics are not confined in the Korean peninsula -- experts believe that North Korea actively helped Hezbollah in the Middle East. The Israel Law Center is representing 30 American Israelis who are suing North Korea and Hezbollah for damages caused by rocket attacks during the Second Lebanon War. Forty-three civilians were killed and 4,262 were injured, according to the suit. Experts such as Professor Barry Rubin, the director of the GLORIA Center in Herzliya, Israel, claim North Korean experts helped Hezbollah build a 25-kilometer tunnel in southern Lebanon. The tunnel was used during the Second Lebanon War to transport, store, and assemble rockets. North Korea continued the supply of weapons to Hezbollah through the Iranian regime -- this including M-600 rockets that would allow Hezbollah to strike targets in central Israel.

It is clear that tension in the Korean peninsula is heating up. The power brokers, both from the communist party and the army, might chase their own interests, causing a conflict. The role of the young Kim Jong Un, his family, and the army might decide the future of the Korean peninsula, as the most secretive Stalinist country in the world refuses to unveil its intentions.