Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies Program on Energy and Sustainable Development Stanford University


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Proliferation on the Peninsula: Five North Korean Nuclear Crises

Journal Article

William J. Perry - Stanford University

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Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, Vol. 607 no. 1, page(s) 78-86
September 2006

To reduce the risk of nuclear terrorism, we must prevent terrorists from obtaining nuclear weapons or materials. This will require, among other things, a sustained effort to keep dangerous nations from going nuclear--in particular North Korea. This article reviews the efforts the United States has undertaken through the years to keep North Korea from building a nuclear arsenal, arguing that the history of proliferation on the Korean Peninsula is marked by five nuclear crises. A sixth could be on the horizon, further compromising American efforts to lessen the likelihood of a nuclear attack on U.S. soil.