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North Korea nuclear crisis steps up a notch

On Wednesday, North Korea told Chinese officials that they are preparing three more nuclear bomb tests. Reacting, China has sent officials to North Korea.
What is going on with North Korea?
North Korea has decided to flex its muscles at a time the United States is dealing with a war in Iraq, elections and political scandal. What to make of this? And, what should America do?
University of Minnesota-Morris professor of political science Seung-Ho Joo, is the author of “Gorbachev's Foreign Policy Toward the Korean Peninsula, 1985-1991: Reform and Policy,” “Korea in the 21st Century,” and he’s currently working on a new book regarding Korea too. Joo is also a Distinguished Research Fellow of the Korean Institute for National Unification.

Dr. Joo teaches a wide range of courses in the international relations field, including World Politics, International Organizations, Comparative Foreign Policy, and East Asian Politics. His research interest areas include Russian foreign and security policy, Russo-Korean relations, and Korean foreign relations.

To interview Joo about the current North Korean crisis, contact David Ruth, University of Minnesota, (612) 624-1690, cell (612) 702-9473 or . For more information on Joo or to book an interview online, visit


North Korea tells China of three more tests:

China sends officials to North Korea:,2933,221959,00.html

David Ruth
Associate Director for National Media Relations
University of Minnesota

Direct: (612) 624-1690
Cell: (612) 702-9473

The University of Minnesota is one of the largest, most comprehensive public universities in the world and ranks among the most prestigious. A land-grant university founded in 1851, it is located on the banks of the historic Mississippi River and in the heart of one of the nation’s most thriving and culturally-diverse metropolitan areas. The U of M’s strong tradition of education, research and public service attract a student body and faculty driven to discover some of the leading advances in medicine, engineering, agriculture and quality of life.

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