Is North Korea’s Nuclear Program Being Sabotaged?

As tensions continue to build over North Korea’s refusal to cease and desist with its nuclear arms program, the U.S., it’s allies, China and Russia are all positioning for possible ramifications. During what has effectively been a standoff, North Korea’s military has attempted to launch missiles, perhaps as a show of force with the world watching. Unfortunately for North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, several missile launches have been abject failures, resulting in embarrassment.

This past Friday, another missile exploded in mid-air just moments after being launched. In some circles, people are starting to wonder whether or not cyber sabotage might be playing a part in the failure of these launches. If so, would it be reasonable to expect that the United States is playing a role in said sabotage efforts?

In a recent interview on CBS’ “Face the Nation”, U.S. President Donald Trump was asked specifically by CBS’ John Dickerson what he knew about the issue. Trump’s response was, “I’d rather not discuss it. But perhaps they’re just not very good missiles.” When pressed, Trump reiterated “I just don’t want to discuss it.”

In the past, U.S. leaders have simply chosen not to address the issue at all. The fact President Trump is leaving the window cracked with suspicion only serves to make it possible sabotage is to blame and the U.S. may indeed be the country at the controls.

Given the serious threat North Korea’s actions pose to peace throughout the world, none of this should come as a surprise to anyone. In preparation for war, all leaders have an obligation to do anything they can to avoid conflicts. Until North Korea shows the ability to consistently launch missiles, they are far less likely to initiate any action.

When asked about military hacking, cyber-security expert Ken Geers stated, “within military intelligence spaces this is what they do. If you think that war is possible with a given state, you’re going to be trying to prepare the battle space for conflict. In the Internet age, that means hacking.”