Nuclear Proliferation/Non-proliferation

The United States and South Korea’s Nuclear Weapons Program, 1974-1976

Secret South Korean Nuclear Weapons Program Created Anxiety in Washington in Mid-1970s

President Park Chung-hee reportedly instructed South Korean scientists to build nuclear bombs by 1977, according to a secret report to Secretary of State Henry Kissinger posted today by the National Security Archive at George Washington University and the Nuclear Proliferation International History Project.  The Ford administration accumulated other evidence that raised worries about proliferation and regional instability.

U.S.- Iran Relations: Opportunities for the New Administration

Key Quotes 

Quotes from Catherine Ashton, Baroness of Upholland:

·         “This was an incredibly technically complicated agreement that required a lot of experts to burn the midnight oil, both at the talks and at home in the different countries.”

Book Discussion: Preventing North Korea's Nuclear Breakout

Is North Korea’s Nuclear Breakout Already Here?

Coverage by John Milewski and Matt Starling with photographs by Christopher Cruz

North Korea’s Nuclear Breakout

North Korea is believed to be on the verge of a significant, even “game changing,” breakout in its nuclear capabilities. With concerns mounting over what that will mean for regional and U.S. national security, we spoke with Robert Litwak, one of the nation’s foremost experts on nonproliferation. His thoughts on confronting the growing threat are outlined in his latest book, Preventing North Korea’s Nuclear Breakout. That’s the focus of this edition of Wilson Center NOW.

Preventing North Korea's Nuclear Breakout

North Korea is on the verge of a strategic breakout—quantitatively (by ramping up its warhead numbers) and qualitatively (through mastery of warhead miniaturization and long-range ballistic missiles)—that directly threatens the U.S. homeland. Unclassified projections of North Korea’s nuclear arsenal by 2020 range from 20 to 100 warheads.

Fallout From Iran Missile Test

Fallout from Iran’s recent missile test has resulted in new US sanctions and warnings from the Trump Administration that the country is “playing with fire” and is now “on notice.” Is the test a violation of the Iran Nuclear Deal? What can we expect moving forward? We asked nonproliferation and national security expert, Robert Litwak to provide analysis. That’s the focus of this edition of Wilson Center NOW.


The Role of Missile Defense in Reinforcing the Iran Nuclear Deal and the NPT

Join us for a meeting of the Wilson Center Nonproliferation Forum on January 27th, for a discussion with Robert Bell, former defense advisor to the U.S. ambassador to NATO between 2010 and 2017. Mr. Bell will speak on the role of NATO and U.S. missile defense in reinforcing the JCPOA nuclear agreement.

This meeting is organized by the Wilson Center Nonproliferation Forum and co-sponsored by Los Alamos National Laboratory.