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Confronting the North Korean Nuclear Threat

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Publication Date: April 2007

Publisher(s): Heritage Foundation (Washington, D.C.)

Author(s): Bruce Klingner

Series: Backgrounder

Topic: International relations (International peace and security)

Keywords: Asia and the Pacific; six-party talks; nonproliferation; nuclear weapons

Type: Report

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.