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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.

Special Report: North Korea and the Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI)

Special Report: North Korea and the Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI)

On its seventh anniversary, Dr. Mark J. Valencia evaluates the effectiveness of the Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI). This initiative, started under the Bush adminstration in 2003 and inherited by the Obama administration, was designed to prevent weapons of mass destruction (WMD), their delivery systems and related materials from entering [...]

Can North Korea Build the H-Bomb?

Can North Korea Build the H-Bomb?

The sun is a mass of incandescent gas A gigantic nuclear furnace Where hydrogen is built into helium At a temperature of millions of degrees ~ They Might Be Giants, Why Does the Sun Shine? On May 12, 2010, North Korea’s Rodong Sinmun newspaper declared that the “Scientists of the DPRK succeeded in nuclear fusion reaction on the [...]

Master Proliferator or Simple Front Company?

Master Proliferator or Simple Front Company?

Is North Korea a “master proliferator,” providing complete production facilities and extensive know-how for manufacturing weapons of mass destruction and their delivery systems to rogue regimes? Or is it a simple front company for passing along other country’s discarded, obsolete technology? If the latter is true, we might still have a few [...]

How A.Q. Khan Helped Distort America’s DPRK Policy

How A.Q. Khan Helped Distort America’s DPRK Policy

Washington and Pyongyang may be on the verge of another attempt at negotiation. After a stroke in 2008, Kim Jong Il seems to have spent much of 2009 getting his groove back—launching missiles, testing a nuclear weapon, and separating more plutonium—while Washington looked for new sources of pressure, having cut off North Korea’s access to [...]

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