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The realities of North Korea’s WMD ambitions are complex but so are the technological developments that make its programs possible. We will help our readers understand both.

Using the Seoul Nuclear Security Summit to Denuclearize the DPRK: A Dialogue on Radiological Source Security

Using the Seoul Nuclear Security Summit to Denuclearize the DPRK: A Dialogue on Radiological Source Security

On April 12-13, 2010 the United States convened the first Nuclear Security Summit (NSS) in Washington, DC, including 47 nations and three international organizations. The purpose was to strengthen efforts to prevent nuclear terrorism by improving the security of all nuclear materials around the globe. At the end of this event, it was announced [...]

Why the 1992 Joint Declaration on Denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula Still Matters

Why the 1992 Joint Declaration on Denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula Still Matters

There are plenty of reasons not to put U.S. nuclear weapons back into South Korea. Tactical nuclear weapons serve no military purpose. It is a close call on which the Air Force would fight harder to keep out of South Korea: U.S. tactical nuclear weapons or the North Koreans. Then there is the fact that most South Koreans don’t actually want [...]

Engaging the DPRK Part 2: Transforming the DPRK through Energy Sector Development

Engaging the DPRK Part 2: Transforming the DPRK through Energy Sector Development

In a follow up to Small LWR Development and Denuclearization (2.27.11), Nautilus Institute’s David von Hippel, Scott Bruce, and Peter Hayes provide a second 38 North Special Report with detailed provisions for energy sector engagement with North Korea. Excerpt: The recent disclosure of the DPRK’s uranium enrichment and Light Water [...]

Small LWR Development and Denuclearization

Small LWR Development and Denuclearization

In a 38 North Special Report, Nautilus Institute's David von Hippel, Scott Bruce, and Peter Hayes suggest an energy engagement strategy for reining in North Korea's nuclear ambitions. Excerpt: The unveiling of the Democratic Peoples’ Republic of Korea’s (DPRK’s) enrichment and pilot light water reactor program offers another moment [...]

Official Estimates of the TaepoDong-2

Official Estimates of the TaepoDong-2

Earlier this month, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates provided the latest estimated range and timeline of the North Korean ICBM, the TaepoDong-2. According to Gates, the DPRK is within five years of being able to strike the continental United States, combined with its expanding nuclear program, the country “is becoming a direct threat to the [...]

Secretary Gates and the North Korean Missile Threat

Secretary Gates and the North Korean Missile Threat

On January 11, U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates made headlines during his trip to China by forecasting an increased threat of nuclear missile attack on the United States by North Korea. Referring to the next five years, Gates said, “I think that North Korea will have developed an intercontinental ballistic missile within that time [...]

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Credit for photo of young North Korean girl: T.M. All rights reserved, used with permission.