​”‘The combination of loose nukes and political conflict is a nightmare scenario for the world,’ said Danny Russel, vice president of the Asia Society Policy Institute, who dealt with North Korea as a National Security Council director at the White House and an assistant secretary of state for Asia. ​’Political turmoil could lead a faction or a commander to brandish or — God forbid — launch a nuclear-armed missile.’

“Mr. Russel said that in the event of a leadership struggle, Washington’s immediate ​​priority would be to ensure ​’the security of North Korea’s nuclear weapons and material​.’ But its work would be ‘handicapped by the intelligence community’s uncertainty about their exact whereabouts — something the North Koreans have gone to great lengths to conceal​,’ he said..”

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