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Ex-Amb. Hill on NKorea Missile Test: 'Dress Rehearsal for a Crisis'

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By    |   Monday, 13 Feb 2017 02:52 PM

Christopher Hill, the former U.S. ambassador to Korea from 2004 to 2005, criticized North Korea for its weekend missile test saying "sooner or later, it will be a crisis."

"What happened over this weekend is more a dress rehearsal for a crisis."

Hill, now the dean of the School of International Studies at the University of Denver, made the comments Monday on MSNBC's "Morning Joe."

"They don't have too many people who are working on these issues. It's still sort of 'home alone,'" Hill said.

President Donald Trump's administration has made positive steps, Hill said. "We are in a better place this week than we were last week," citing the meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the positive call with China.

"Someone gave him a little bit of a reality scrub," Hill said about the president. He questioned the president's intentions with China. "Do we really want to fan tensions with them?"

Secretary of Defense James Mattis is helping the administration's case by visiting South Korea and Japan, according to the former ambassador. "They want to see some continuity from us," Hill said, adding, "They want to see a continuation to our commitments to them and, more importantly, an understanding the commitments to the countries also involve a kind of mutual interest. This is not something we are doing as a favor to NATO members or as a favor to Japan. We have real interests of our own."

A high-altitude missile defense system in South Korea may need help from the U.S., Hill said Saturday on CNN. "We need to really step up that kind of cooperation," Hill said.

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Christopher Hill, the former U.S. ambassador to Korea from 2004 to 2005, criticized North Korea for its weekend missile test saying "sooner or later, it will be a crisis."
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