On the DPRK and Nuclear Deterrence
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On the DPRK and Nuclear Deterrence


March 26, 2021

Dear Network Members and Colleagues,

We would like to share with you APLN Member Yong-soo Hwang’s 
North Korea’s Latest Nuclear and Delivery System Development commentary published in The Korea Times. Dr. Hwang examines the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s (DPRK) recent nuclear and missile developments.

Dr. Hwang argues that amidst uncertainty, the DPRK has shown its strong will for nuclear deterrence. He notes that the new Biden administration’s approach on the DPRK will be different to the Obama administration exercising “strategic patience.”

He recommends that to resolve the deadlock in negotiations, a more integrated approach must be taken with assurances on regime stability to the DPRK and verification protocols that are in cooperation with Pyongyang and the Cooperative Threat Reduction (CTR) package.



Read Commentary



Statement from the APLN Chair on the UK Abdicating its
Global Responsibility in Nuclear Weapons Surge
On 19 March, APLN Chair and former Australian Foreign Minister,
Gareth Evansreleased a statement in response to the UK government announcement to abandon its cap on nuclear warheads and target of reducing warhead numbers by the mid-2020s.Professor Evans argues that the plan to increase warhead numbers by over 40 per cent is an abdication of the UK’s global responsibility, a breach of its obligations under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, and a clear breach of its moral obligation to help eliminate the most indiscriminately inhumane weapons ever devised.



Read Statement


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Network Members’ Activities
“Nuclear Sharing” Isn’t a Thing
On 22 March, APLN Vice-Chair and Professor Chung-in Moon shared his thoughts in the Hankyoreh on recent debates on the proposal of a NATO-style nuclear sharing arrangement to strengthen nuclear deterrence in East Asia. He argues that this would not be a desirable, and suggests that strengthening trust in the extended nuclear deterrence provided by the US and exercising diplomacy to create opportunities for denuclearization would be more prudent. Read more.Recent members’ activities can be found on our website! Please let us know at apln@apln.network of any recent publications or activities.



















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