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Charting a new course on North Korea's nuclear programme? The options and the Non-Proliferation Treaty

Kurskorrektur im Umgang mit Nordkoreas Atomprogramm? Verhandlungsoptionen im Lichte des nuklearen Nichtverbreitungsvertrages

Hilpert, Hanns Günther; Meier, Oliver

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Corporate Editor Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik -SWP- Deutsches Institut für Internationale Politik und Sicherheit
Abstract "Should North Korea be recognised as a de facto nuclear power? Even after three nuclear tests the international discussion continues to tiptoe around this crucial question for the nuclear non-proliferation regime. The aftermath of the spring 2013 escalation only makes the problem more urgent. North Korea uses its nuclear weapons as a threat in diplomatic and security talks, has declared itself a nuclear-weapon state by constitutional amendment, and most recently openly threatened a nuclear strike against the United States and South Korea. Nonetheless, the international community adheres doggedly to the legal stance that North Korea is a non-nuclear-weapon state under the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) and must renounce nuclear arms. Given Pyongyang’s repeated violations of the treaty this position is well founded. But in view of the power of the factual, it is legitimate to ask how long this position can and should be upheld. Why should the international community not treat North Korea like other nuclear powers outside the NPT?" (author's abstract)
Keywords North Korea; nuclear power; nuclear weapon; Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty; arms control; security policy; Far East
Classification Peace and Conflict Research, International Conflicts, Security Policy
Free Keywords Nuklearwaffenprogramm; Status und Rolle im internationalen System; Nuklearwaffenstaat; Nonproliferation nuklearer Waffen; Rüstungskontrollabkommen; Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (1968-07-01); Internationale Reaktion; Haltung von Akteuren zu Einzelfragen; Option; Vorschlag/Initiative
Document language English
Publication Year 2013
City Berlin
Page/Pages 7 p.
Series SWP Comments, 19/2013
ISSN 1861-1761
Status Published Version; reviewed
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications