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Update: North Korea’s Nuclear Weapons
May 29, 2019 @ 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
On May 29th, 2019, ACIR will be hosting Lt. General In-Bum Chun (Retired), Army of the Republic of Korea who will provide an “Update on Efforts to Eliminate North Korea’s Nuclear Weapons.”
The recent failed summit between North Korea Supreme Leader Kim, Jong-un and U.S. President Donald Trump, Kim’s now refusal to meet with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and his defiance of sanctions imposed by the international community in an effort to end North Korea’s illicit activities associated with its nuclear weapons development threatens the United States, South Korea and the world community with the potential for a devastating nuclear conflict.
Come listen and engage in a discussion with General Chun, who is fresh back from South Korea and greatly concerned about the recent turn of events.
About General Chun
LT General Chun has served nearly forty years in uniform. Born in 1958, he moved to New York City at the age of seven with his mother, who was serving as a South Korean diplomat. He returned to Korea in 1969 to finish high school. In 1981 Chun graduated from the Korea Military Academy and was commissioned as an infantry officer.
Following graduation, Chun was selected as an aide to Lieutenant General Lee Ki-Baek. In 1983 General Lee was nearly killed in a North Korean terrorist bombing in Rangoon. Lt. Chun was credited with saving Lee’s life following attack and awarded the National Security Medal.
Chun has commanded from Platoon to Division. He has served with the U.S. military and attended the U.S. Army War College. He served in Iraq with coalition forces and helped direct elections in Iraq in 2005. For his service in Iraq, he became the first Korean officer since the Vietnam War to be awarded the U.S. Bronze Star.
He was promoted to lieutenant general in 2013 and assigned to head the ROK Special Warfare Command. He retired from active duty in 2016. LTG Chun has eleven citations, including a US Bronze Star, US Legion of Merit (3X) and the first Korean & third Asian to receive the U.S. Special Operations Command Medal. Chun has a PhD in Political Science and two Masters in Policy and Military Strategy.
After his retirement he briefly worked for Moon Jae-in’s presidential campaign, before stepping down to conduct fellowships with Brookings Institution, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. LTG Chun is currently a Visiting Scholar at the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs at Georgia Tech.