Leonid Petrov’s interview to SBS World View program (22 Jun 2009)
A specialist on North Korea is warning that the United States is edging closer to a military confrontation with the communist country.
Dr Leonid Petrov says there’s a clear escalation of tensions between the countries over two developments.
The American navy is tracking a North Korean vessel, KANGNAM-1, which it suspects of carrying weapons banned by a new UN resolution, and says it intends to search the vessel before it reaches its destination.
And the US is deploying more sophisticated defences to Hawaii, in case North Korea launches a long-range missile into the Pacific.
Dr Petrov is speaking with Caroline Davey.