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Proliferation on the Peninsula: Five North Korean Nuclear Crises

Proliferation on the Peninsula: Five North Korean Nuclear Crises

Book Chapter, Confronting the Spector of Nuclear Terrorism, pages 78-86

September 2006

Author: Dr. William J. Perry, Former Co-Director, Preventive Defense Project

Belfer Center Programs or Projects: International Security; Preventive Defense Project; Science, Technology, and Public Policy

 

INTRODUCTION

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:

 

For more information about this publication please contact the PDP Associate Director at 617-495-1412.

Full text of this publication is available at:
http://ann.sagepub.com/cgi/reprint/607/1/78

For Academic Citation:

Perry, William J. "Proliferation on the Peninsula: Five North Korean Nuclear Crises." Chap. in Confronting the Spector of Nuclear Terrorism. Philadelphia: The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, September 2006.

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