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Ex-NATO commander believes North Korea getting missile help from Russia, China

It’s likely that North Korea is getting assistance for its ballistic missile program from either Russia or China, former NATO commander U.S. Adm. James Stavridis said.

“You’ve got to think that at least part of it is coming from either China or Russia and I have no evidence of that, but the idea that [North Korean leader Kim Jong Un] would simply be developing this on an indigenous basis within his own population of scientists simply seems unlikely given how fast it’s moving,” Stavridis told radio host John Catsimatidis on AM 970 in New York.

“It could also be cooperation between Iran and North Korea, which we do know has occurred in this nuclear space” Stavridis continued. He added that, “it’s fair to say there is some level of outside engagement that has been helpful to [Kim’s] program.”

“China is going to have to make a choice about whether or not it will continue to align with North Korea or if they will stand with the rest of the global community and stop this. And the best tool they have, John, is they have control over oil going to North Korea. They could stop that economy in a heartbeat. We’re going to need to put more pressure on them,” he said, adding that “there’s about a 10 percent chance” of a war. [source]

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Jon E. Dougherty is a political, foreign policy and national security analyst and reporter with nearly 30 years of experience in both fields. A U.S. Army veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom, he holds BA in Political Science from Ashford University and an MA in National Security Studies/Intelligence Analysis from American Military University.

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