Professor: North Korea is a threat

SUNBURY — A local professor believes Americans should be nervous about threats from North Korea.  Stephen Stamos, emeritus professor of International Relations at Bucknell University, said North Korea is an exception to the usual nuclear deterrent theories.


He said, “The thing, I think, that makes it particularly unsettling, is that you have a country here with a young leader, and a powerful military.   It’s a country that is repressive, authoritarian, has labor camps, and has allowed mass starvation.  So, when you go back to nuclear deterrents, you are generally granting that the two parties are rational actors.  In this case we may not have a rational actor.”


Stamos said most countries would not unleash nuclear weapons, because they understand that retaliation could be equally as devastating for their own country.  However, he said, Kim Jong Un “might be someone who views the potential to lose half their population as acceptable.”


He said we need to find a way to make America a safer, more peaceful place for our children and grandchildren.  “We’ve got to somehow find our way through our current situation, which is politics and economics and finance, etcetera.  To begin building that.  If we keep doing things that make us more fragile, more vulnerable, more susceptible to these crises, that’s not where we want to be.”


Stamos was a guest on WKOK’s On The Mark program on Wednesday.  You can hear that program online at  (Codi Jade)


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