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Bloomberg
05/10/2019

Kim Jong Un’s ‘Son of Scud’ Poses New Threat to U.S. Troops

“We can’t ever tell what kind of warhead it is carrying, so South Korea and the U.S. will have to be prepared for it to either carry a nuke or high-explosive warhead,” Hanham said. “This is a risky situation because it always leaves room for doubt and overreaction.”

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REUTERS
05/09/2019

'Missiles like these will start the war': North Korea tests showcase growing capability

“The Trump administration keeps downplaying these missiles because they are not ICBMs, but even though they can’t reach the U.S. mainland, it’s missiles like these that will start the war,” said Melissa Hanham, a weapons expert at Datayo, which tracks international security threats.

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05/09/2019

North Korea Fires Two Suspected Short-Range Missiles

“It’s hard to sanction North Korea more. They are very sanctioned and very capable of evading sanctions,” said Melissa Hanham, a nuclear-weapons expert at the One Earth Future foundation, a research group in Broomfield, Colo. “You think about sticks and carrots—they’re out of sticks right now.”

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05/08/2019

North Korea's Newest Missile Appears Similar To Advanced Russian Design

"This Iskander-style missile is a thing we need to start worrying about," says Melissa Hanham, a weapons expert at One Earth Future.

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Bloomberg
05/05/2019

North Korea Weapons Test May Have Included Ballistic Missile

The weapon featured in the KCNA photograph appeared to be a solid-fuel ballistic missile similar to a Russian Iskander, said Melissa Hanham, a non-proliferation expert and director of the One Earth Future Foundation’s Datayo Project. North Korea had unveiled a similar weapon, which could be stored while fueled, deployed and fired with less detection time, during a military parade in February 2018.

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New York Times
05/04/2019

New North Korea Weapons Test Threatens Trump’s Diplomatic Achievement

The short-range weapons tested on Saturday were “more about repelling an invasion than starting a war,” said Melissa Hanham, a North Korean weapons expert at the One Earth Future Foundation. “Probably what is happening is some kind of testing of a unit to make sure that everyone is prepped and ready, and it is probably somewhat routine.”

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The Economist
04/23/2019

How to predict a coup

CoupCast finds that economic misery is linked to higher coup risk, as is extreme weather. But political factors matter more. Dictators tend to lose popularity when they stay in office for too long. Autocrats who cling to power after losing elections are particularly likely to be deposed.

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04/18/2019

What does North Korea's weapon test mean for US talks?

"However, this is a range of weapons that could include anything from an anti-tank weapon all the way up to a cruise missile." Melissa Hanham, a North Korea weapons expert at One Earth Future Foundation.

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04/18/2019

What does N.Korea's latest weapons test mean?

North Korea says it's test-fired a new type of tactical guided weapon. It's the country's first public weapons test since the February summit between Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump collapsed with no agreement. Guest commentary: Melissa Hanham, nuclear and WMD expert, the One Earth Future Foundation.

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Bloomberg
04/18/2019

North Korea Seeks Pompeo’s Removal From Talks, Tests New Weapon

The weapon was likely a short-range rocket system, or something that was ground tested, said Melissa Hanham, a non-proliferation expert and director of the One Earth Future Foundation’s Datayo Project. Trump has long defended his decision to hold two high-profile summits with Kim by citing his decision to halt nuclear and ICBM tests.

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