A UN negotiating conference has just adopted a treaty banning nuclear weapons. Will this influence North Korea? And, if not, what’s the point?
In this regional meeting: NK Nuclear Issues; The effectiveness of the NPT; East Asia and the nuclear umbrella; Regional and global non-proliferation initiatives; Denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula.
The APLN convened in Jeju against looming nuclear threats, heightened levels of regional uncertainty, and the draft publication of a UN convention to prohibit the acquisition of nuclear weapons.
Yongsoo Hwang outlines programs and steps towards facilitating international cooperation with North Korea.
Anton Khlopkov argues that tensions in Northeast Asia risk dragging neighbouring countries into a regional arms race, and that Russia remains cautious of North Korea's nuclear capability.
"This time it may be true!" -- Under increasing pressure from North Korea, Japan faces a dilemma: continue in hopes of finding a diplomatic solution, or acquire their own nuclear weapon capability?
Although dialogue is strong between the US and Asia, there is much to be desired between the Asia-Pacific's nuclear-armed states themselves. A two-part review by David Santoro.
Despite China's own strong capability in bringing stability to the region and in opening decisive negotiations with North Korea, they cannot do the U.S.'s job for them.
Previous negotiations have failed to produce results with North Korea. To avoid war or another nuclear weapon state in the region, Lodgaard and Sigal bring forward lessons from Iran's nuclear program.
Dangerous developments in North Korea should prompt the international community to set out at once on a diplomatic agenda for action.