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Encouraging Japan to Go Nuclear Won’t Denuclearize North Korea

Encouraging Japan to Go Nuclear Won’t Denuclearize North Korea

During his Presidential campaign, Donald Trump said that a nuclear-armed Japan might not be a “bad thing” for the United States “because of the threat of North Korea.” In a recent op-ed, Charles Krauthammer seemed to agree, advising the incoming administration to declare that the United States should no longer oppose Japan’s acquisition [...]

Reality Check on North Korean Sanctions

Reality Check on North Korean Sanctions

A recent op-ed by Sung-Yoon Lee and Joshua Stanton highlights what should happen in dealing with North Korea. Unfortunately, for this long-time practitioner in the field of nonproliferation sanctions, it also highlights what cannot happen—or at least what cannot happen at an acceptable level of risk with the limited knowledge and the complex [...]

The Future Impact of North Korea’s Emerging Nuclear Deterrent on Nuclear Nonproliferation

The Future Impact of North Korea’s Emerging Nuclear Deterrent on  Nuclear Nonproliferation

The emergence of North Korea’s nuclear deterrent has been a grievous blow to international nonproliferation efforts and poses serious national security challenges for the United States and its Northeast Asian allies. It is by no means clear, however, that the precedent North Korea has set will significantly erode the nonproliferation regime or [...]

Libya, North Korea, and the International Nonproliferation Regime

Libya, North Korea, and the International Nonproliferation Regime

It is clear that the effects of what is happening in Libya will not stay confined to North Africa. Instead, the “Libyan problem” will undoubtedly have a long-term impact on many aspects of international affairs. “38 North” has discussed the potential impact of Libya’s experience on North Korea’s nuclear ambitions in an insightful [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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