Foreign Policy Briefing No. 14

Defusing the Korean Bomb

Executive Summary

Iraq is not the only aggressive regional power seeking to develop an atomic bomb. North Korea, the secretive Hermit Kingdom ruled by “great leader” Kim Il Sung, has an extensive nuclear research program but so far refuses to allow international inspection of its facilities. The United States needs to work to defuse the North Korean bomb before it is built, lest Pyongyang destabilize the entire East Asian region.

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Doug Bandow is a senior fellow at the Cato Institute and coeditor of The U.S.-South Korean Alliance: Time for a Change. He formerly served as a special assistant to President Reagan.