Kongdan (Katy) Oh was a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and is an Asian specialist at the Institute for Defense Analyses. She is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Korea Working Group of the United States Institute of Peace, the Board of Directors of the United States Committee of the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific, and the co-founder and former co-director of The Korea Club of Washington, D.C. Katy Oh is a specialist in East Asian affairs and focuses on North and South Korea and Japan. Her research projects include regional security, inter-regional politics, and U.S. security and foreign policy on Asia.
[Kim Jong Un] is trying to show that he has a strategic mind, that the military stands behind him and that no one stands against him.
When there is an expectation of some kind of retaliation and counter attacks, North Korea remains silent. But, when the United States and South Korea are relaxed... then North Korea could launch a surprise attack.