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Nov 07, 2017 Former Bush Officials Back East Asia Plutonium Production Pause
NPEC recently asked some of the most senior Bush 41 and Bush 43 nuclear security officials to endorse the 2017 Joint Statement of the International Conference on Japan's Plutonium Policy. That statement called for Japan to indefinitely postpone Rokkasho's startup and for South Korea and China to suspend their plans to separate plutonium as well. 
Nov 06, 2017 How to Handle South Korea's Missile Ambitions
NPEC's Executive Director and Wohlstetter Public Affairs Fellow publish a new piece in Foreign Affairs, "How to Handle South Korea's Missile Ambitions."
Op-Eds & Blogs
Oct 02, 2017 What South Korea Doesn't Need: Nuclear Submarines
NPEC's Executive Director and Wohlstetter Public Affairs Fellow publish a new piece in The National Interest, "South Korea is about to Make a $7 Billion Nuclear Submarine Blunder,"  about South Korea's interest in developing extremely expensive nuclear submarines, which also raises nuclear proliferation concerns. 
Op-Eds & Blogs
Sep 25, 2017 South Korea's Nuclear Capabilities, Missiles, and the Next War
Zachary Keck, NPEC Wohlstetter Public Affairs Fellow, has published two articles about nuclear weapons in South Korea. The first argues that redeploying U.S. tactical nuclear weapons in South Korea would have no military utility while also undermining alliance relations. The second one, co-authored with NPEC Research Coordinator, Leon Whyte, highlights how South Korea could use its reactor-grade plutonium to build a nuclear weapons arsenal. The first article is "4 Reasons America Shouldn't Send Nuclear Weapons to South Korea or Japan." The second article is "Can South Korea Build a Nuclear Bomb in 6 Months?" Both are posted in their entirety below. 
Op-Eds & Blogs
Aug 29, 2017 September 14 Hill Lunch - America's and Japan's Other Emerging Nuclear Problem: Tons of "Peaceful" Plutonium
NPEC hosted a Capitol Hill policy lunch forum on September 14, "America's and Japan's Other Emerging Nuclear Problem: Tons of "Peaceful" Plutonium." The forum featured a panel of visiting Diet members and experts from Japan who came to draw attention to the planned expansion of "peaceful" commercial plutonium capacity in Japan, China, and South Korea. If these East Asian nations' plans are realized, thousands of weapons' worth of nuclear explosive material will be stockpiled in the region. Japan and the United States currently have a nuclear cooperative agreement that permits plutonium production. It is up for renewal in July of 2018. The question is: will the United States and Japan exploit this agreement's provision for joint consultations on Japan's plutonium plans? Will Japan defer opening its large commercial plutonium reprocessing plant at Rokkasho next fall? Is it possible to encourage China to defer its plans to begin construction of a similar larger plutonium separation plant? Finally, what are South Korea's plans regarding the recycling of plutonium? Watch the event video below to get answers to these questions. 
Audio & Video
Aug 17, 2017 Tokyo and Washington Have Another Nuclear Problem
NPEC's Executive Director Henry Sokolski and Advisory Board member William Tobey publish a piece in Foreign Policy, "Tokyo and Washington Have Another Nuclear Problem,"  discussing the looming problem of plutonium production in Japan, China, and South Korea. 
Op-Eds & Blogs
Aug 10, 2017 John Batchelor Show Interview on What Might North Korea Attack After a U.S. Strike on Its Missile and Nuclear Sites
John Batchelor and Gordon Chang interview NPEC's Executive Director on what might North Korea attack after a U.S. strike on its missles and nuclear sites.
Audio & Video
Jul 31, 2017 The Next North Korean Threat: Killer Missiles for All
In this op-ed, featured in The Wall Street Journal, NPEC's Executive Director and Zachary Keck examine the security implications of North Korea's recent test of a 300-1,000 kilometer range Scud missile with a maneuvering reentry vehicle. The piece analyzes how the further spread of this missile technology to hostile nations and terror groups threatens the security of the United States and its allies and what the U.S. should do about it. 
Op-Eds & Blogs
May 31, 2017 Japan, Reactor-Grade Plutonium, and the Bomb
NPEC's Program Advisor, Executive Director, and Bruce Goodwin, former associate director at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, publish a piece in The Japan Times, "Commercial plutonium a bomb material," which spells out the tactical reasons why reactor-grade plutonium can be used to make bombs.
Op-Eds & Blogs
Apr 25, 2017 UC Berkeley Guest Lecture, "How Dark Might East Asia's Nuclear Future Be?"
NPEC's Executive Director gives a guest lecture as a part of the University of California at Berkeley's Nuclear Science and Security Consortium. This presentation is based on NPEC Working Paper 1601, "How Dark Might East Asia's Nuclear Future Be?" 
Presentations; Audio & Video
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