Some of the country’s leading experts on North Korea spent the day in San Angelo for the annual security studies symposium at Angelo State.
“North Korea: Threats and Challenges” featured speakers from several Washington D.C. based think-tanks along with an retired US Army General.
One of the panel members called North Korea a “criminal regime” because of human rights violations, another represents a group that promotes business relationships with South Korea.
“Because South Korea is so small on the map, I think its underestimated,” said Korea Economic Institute’s Mark Tokola. “Its the worlds eleventh biggest economy, our sixth biggest trading partner. So we have a lot of business we do in South Korea. Its not only a great economic success, its a democratic success, you can point to it in east Asia as a fully functioning democracy”
An ASU professor who wrote a book on the Kim Jong-Un era also talked about the build up of North Korea’s armed forces.