Confronting the North Korean Nuclear Threat
Publication Date: April 2007
Publisher(s): Heritage Foundation (Washington, D.C.)
Author(s): Bruce Klingner
Keywords: Asia and the Pacific; six-party talks; nonproliferation; nuclear weapons
Coverage: Korea (North)
The Six-Party Talks will fail if North Korea does not decide to give up its nuclear weapons completely. Collapse of the talks or even a prolonged stalemate has dire ramifications for regional stability and international nonproliferation efforts. Because few experts believe that North Korea will fully comply with its commitments, the U.S. should begin contingency planning for alternative outcomes.