North Korean leader Kim Jong Un may be tempted to sell its nuclear materials or technology to earn cash amid increased sanctions, Sasakawa USA CEO and Chairman Admiral Dennis Blair said in an interview with Voice of America on March 10.
“I think they have more motivation now to increase their supply of hard currency any way they can, and the sale of nuclear materials, precursor materials or parts of weapons is certainly a possibility that has occurred to them,” Blair said in the article by Eunjung Cho.
Blair said there is little chance that North Korea will use a nuclear weapon against the U.S. or its allies, even if Pyongyang had such a capability.
“I think North Korea would be extremely foolhardy to use nuclear weapons against the U.S. or our allies Japan or the Republic of Korea. The retaliation would devastate North Korea and it would be end of this regime,” he said in the interview. He added it is uncertain if Pyongyang has the capability to miniaturize a nuclear warhead and mount it on an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) that could reach the U.S., but said that would be “a logical next step” in the country’s nuclear development program.