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22 December 2020

APLN Policy Brief No. 74: “Proposing a Nuclear Dialogue with North Korea” by Professor Bong-Geun Jun

Dear Network Members and Colleagues,

We would like to share with you APLN Policy Brief No. 74: “Proposing a Nuclear Dialogue with North Korea” by Professor Bong-Geun Jun, Director-General of the Department of National Security and Unification Studies at the Korea National Diplomatic Academy.

In this latest policy brief, Professor Bong-Geun argues that policymakers and analysts must not only focus on the denuclearization of North Korea but on strengthening military deterrence against North Korean military threats and on reducing and eliminating North Korean nuclear security risks.

He recommends immediate steps to initiate diplomatic efforts, including:

  • South Korea, the US, and/or the international community to engage in security talks with North Korea as Pyongyang has shown interest in nuclear security and US-led Cooperative Threat Reduction programs in the past.
  • Civilian nuclear security experts and NGOs to begin informal dialogues with North Korean counterparts, or build on existing talks, and create an environment conducive to formal dialogue.
  • Concerned countries to work in collaboration with the Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism (GICNT), the Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI), and INTERPOL, to prevent illegal transfers of North Korean nuclear materials and technologies.

We hope you find this latest APLN policy brief informative and useful. If you have comments or feedback please email

We wish you a happy holiday season and a peaceful and prosperous New Year.

With warm regards,
The APLN Secretariat



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