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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.

2018 Update: Preventing North Korea's Nuclear Breakout

This edition of Preventing North Korea’s Nuclear Breakout includes an updated Executive Summary section that incorporates subsequent developments since its initial publication in February 2017 at the advent of the Trump administration. The monograph draws on Litwak’s previous analysis of North Korea’s nuclear challenge in Outlier States: American Strategies to Change, Contain, or Engage Regimes, published in 2012, which was the third in a series of books on the normative challenge to international order posed by “rogue states.”

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.