The DPRK’s emerging nuclear weapons capability threatens the strategic status quo, from Korea all the way to the global nonproliferation regime. As a result, the region finds itself caught in a deadlock, with no apparent way out. In fact, we argue that the problems posed by the DPRK’s nuclear weapons are so complicated and multi-level that they present policymakers with a true multilemma. This issue was designed to give the reader a comprehensive and even-handed presentation of the true complexity of the North Korean nuclear issue. It elicits realistic policy options for the Trump and post-Park Administration that will outlast the immediate political transitions in Washington and Seoul, and provides insight as to where and how the two allies might approach the DPRK’s nuclear threat based on a rethinking of the North Korean crisis.
This essay was originally published in the Korea Observer, Vol. 47, No. 4, Winter 2016, pp.600-719. Copyright by Institute of Korean Studies. To view the full essay, please download the file on the left.