Proliferation on the Peninsula: Five North Korean Nuclear Crises
Book Chapter, Confronting the Spector of Nuclear Terrorism, pages 78-86
Author: Dr. William J. Perry, Former Co-Director, Preventive Defense Project
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.
Other Chapters in Confronting the Spector of Nuclear Terrorism:
- Flight of Fancy
- Preface: Confronting the Spector of Nuclear Terrorism
- Assessing U.S. Strategy in the War on Terror
- Combating Nuclear Terrorism: Addressing Nonstate Actor Motivations
- Averting Nuclear Catastrophe: Contemplating Extreme Responses to U.S. Vulnerability
- Intelligence Estimates of Nuclear Terrorism
- A Mathematical Model of the Risk of Nuclear Terrorism
- Terrorist Nuclear Weapon Construction: How Difficult?
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