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Feb 03, 2020 North Korea's Nuclear Program: The Early Days, 1984-2002
Now that the President’s nuclear disarmament talks with Pyongyang are on the back burner, it’s worth reviewing how well Washington has generally faired in gauging the North Korean nuclear threat. Attached is such an excellent start covering the period from 1984 through 2002 by Torrey Froscher, a former senior Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) nuclear analyst and NPEC advisory board member. Showcased in the CIA’s latest issue of Studies in Intelligence, “North Korea’s Nuclear Program: The Early Days, 1984-2002,” details how U.S. intelligence analysts and policy makers initially underestimated the North Korean nuclear threat and then placed far too much faith in North Korea’s commitment to the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty. To avoid such excesses in the future, Mr. Froscher recommends that intelligence analysts and policy makers spend, “less time reporting current developments” and devote “more effort to thinking through possible future developments, how they might materialize, and what factors would affect their likelihood.” Developing such alternative nuclear futures was one of the key recommendations of NPEC’s Speaking Truth to Nonproliferation Project, which was spotlighted in a Studies in Intelligence cover story that was published in March of 2019. Mr. Froscher was an active participant in this project and has lectured at several universities as part of NPEC’s academic policy practitioner outreach program. His Studies in Intelligence article was developed from the NPEC lectures he gave over the last two years. His analysis is spot-on as the United States and like-minded nations work to prevent other nations from withdrawing from or violating the NPT.
Articles
Jan 23, 2020 Dealing Preventively with NPT Withdrawal
  Last week, Pierre Goldschmidt, former Deputy Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency for Safeguards, spoke on theHill and visited senior officials in the executive branch. The NPEC-commissioned paper he presented (see below) focused on what’sneeded to deter additional withdrawals from the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT). His suggestions could not be more timely. In January, Iran’s foreign minister threatened to leave the NPT. His threat came only months after Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, complained at the United Nations General Assembly that the world’s recognized nuclear armed states should give up their nuclear weapons or allow all other nations to get them. Erdoğan’s complaint followed Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman’s public announcement that Riyadh would leave the NPT if Iran was found developing nuclear weapons. The last time a country withdrew from the NPT was North Korea in January of 2003. At the time, Pyongyang was able to withdraw, expelled all resident IAEA nuclear inspectors, and was not even sanctioned. Only after North Korea exploded a nuclear device did the United Nations impose economic sanctions. This is not a model to follow. Instead, as Mr. Goldschmidt recommends, the United States should work with like-minded states to promote country-neutral rules before the next state gets its first bomb. The United States should also take up Mr. Goldschmidt’s recommendations with the Russians and Chinese.  
Articles
Dec 14, 2019 America Must Dissuade China's Interest In Nuclear Arms
In all competitions there are winners and losers but in some competitions who benefits most and least can get hazy as the risks that the competition forces on both parties rise. A case in point is the slow nuclear race that China has begun to run against the United States and our closest Asian allies. Right now, Beijing has only several hundred nuclear warheads. But, the US Defense Intelligence Agency projects this arsenal will double by 2030. This is worrisome. In the attached The National Interest piece “America Must Dissuade China's Interest In Nuclear Arms,” Michael Mazza of The American Enterprise Institute and Henry Sokolski spell out what risks China's nuclear rise will run and how best to avoid them. As China’s nuclear weapons proficiency increases its arsenal will become more similar to our own. This, in turn, could encourage Beijing to toy with more aggressive nuclear use doctrines. Japan and South Korea are sure to be rattled. In the worst case, they could feel compelled to acquire nuclear weapons of their own. This would create dangerous uncertainties for both us and China. What should we do? Mike and I suggest three things. Piling up unnecessary nuclear kindling — uneconomical plutonium stockpiles and production plants as well enrichment capacity in excess of civilian demand — makes no sense. It should stop in China and Japan and not begin in South Korea or the United States. Meanwhile, the United States should focus its military modernization efforts on systems that would diminish the value of nuclear arms. These would include advanced space systems, long-rang precision strike weaponry, and submersible technologies. Developing these systems would encourage China to invest in nonnuclear naval and air defensive systems— weaponry incapable of doing direct harm to the US or our Asian allies.  
Op-Eds & Blogs
Aug 22, 2019 Arirang Interview on the Growing Rift Between Seoul and Tokyo
South Korean news network Arirang interviews NPEC's executive director on how dangerous the growing rift between Seoul and Tokyo is and what specifically Washington might do to mend it.
Interviews; Audio & Video
Jun 30, 2019 Arirang Interview on US-DPRK Meeting and Denuclearization
South Korean news network Arirang interviews NPEC's Executive Director on the meeting between US President Donald Trump and North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong-Un in the DMZ and its implications for future talks on denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.
Interviews; Audio & Video
Jun 25, 2019 June 25 Dinner - If Pyongyang Attacks S. Korea's Nuclear Plants, Are We Ready?
On June 25, 2019, NPEC hosted a dinner seminar on nuclear reactor vulnerabilities. The seminars featured presentations by Jungmin Kang, Former Chairman under President Moon of the South Korean Nuclear Safety and Security Commission and William Tobey, Deputy Administrator for Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation of the National Nuclear Security Administration.
Presentations; Audio & Video
Jun 16, 2019 Commercial Space: Space Controls and the Invisible Hand
This article reviewed three major projections of the global space industry by Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, and Bank of America Merrill Lynch and extracted the trands that would significantly impact the design of both the domestic and international space traffic management (STM) schemes. If found that, in the next two decades, the United States will have the largest market share in practically every space industrial sector. It suggests how the United States, as well as the West, can use its market power to incentivize Russia and Chinna to fall in line with a STM that provides peace and prosperity to all. It also proposed five measures as building blocks for developing standards, practices, regulations and laws for such STM.
Working Papers & Monographs
Nov 07, 2018 November 7 Workshop - Preventing a Nuclear-Armed South Korea
On November 7, 2018, NPEC hosted an afternoon workshop on "Preventing a Nuclear-Armed South Korea." The workshop featured presentations by Lt. Gen. Chip Gregson of Avascent Global Advisors; Col. David Maxwell of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies; Thomas Callendar of the Heritage Foundation; James Campbell of the U.S. Navy; Marina Hague of the U.S. Department of Commerce; Bruce Klingner of the Heritage Foundation; and Shane Smith of the National Defense University. 
Presentations; Audio & Video
Aug 31, 2018 Hill, Japanese Legislators Urge Pompeo to Cut Plutonium Stocks Without Recycling
In August 2018, members of the U.S. Congress and the Japanese Diet wrote letters to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. These letters urged him to cooperate with Tokyo to reduce Japan's surplus plutonium and encourage South Korea and China to defer recycling plutonium.
Official Docs & Letters
Jun 28, 2018 Make US-Japanese Nuclear Cooperation Stable Again: End Reprocessing
NPEC's Executive Director and Program Advisor publish a new op-ed in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, "Make US-Japanese Nuclear Cooperation Stable Again: End Reprocessing."
Op-Eds & Blogs
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