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North Korean Nuclear Operationality

Regional Security and Nonproliferation

Edited by Gregory J. Moore
Foreword by Graham T. Allison

Despite near-universal opposition to North Korea's moves to acquire nuclear weapons, Pyongyang is determined to succeed. It is only a matter of time before the North Koreans are able to combine their extant nuclear weapons capabilities with a viable delivery system. The threat multiplies in light of the North Koreans having already demonstrated the willingness and ability to sell nuclear technology, materials, and know-how to other nuclear aspirants. In North Korean Nuclear Operationality, Gregory J. Moore asks leading experts in Asian and security studies to consider the international consequences of a North Korea with operational nuclear weapons.

How will South Korea, China, Japan, and Russia react, and does it mean an arms race in the region is inevitable? How should the United States handle the situation, both diplomatically and strategically? North Korea has already destabilized the nuclear nonproliferation regime by being the only country ever to withdraw from the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and then openly test nuclear weapons. What are the repercussions for the nonproliferation regime of a successful North Korean move to nuclear weapons operationality?

Given the importance of these issues and the lack of transparency surrounding North Korean politics, North Korean Nuclear Operationality offers critical and timely insight. A foreword by Graham T. Allison, founding dean of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, sets the stage for a rigorous look at the threats North Korea poses to regional security and the nuclear nonproliferation regime.

About the Authors

Gregory J. Moore is an associate professor of international relations at Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, People’s Republic of China. He is a member of the National (U.S.) Committee on United States–China Relations.

Reviews

"North Korean Nuclear Operationality: Regional Security and Nonproliferation brings together some of the most well-respected analysts of the North Korean nuclear situation and offers some timely insight — especially if South Korean intelligence estimates that the North is planning a fourth underground nuclear test as it hones its ability to miniaturise a warhead are correct."

- Julian Ryall - South China Morning Post

"Gregory Moore has compiled a stimulating, readable collection of essays premised on the rising likelihood of a full-fledged nuclear North Korea... The diversity of views enriches and enlivens the book, and the contributors make a convincing case that it is an issue demanding a wider audience."

- John Delury - Global Asia

"The authors suggest that, since sticks have failed, carrots should be tried more consistently and more imaginatively... The argument presented is ingenious, and if, as suggested, it is associated with proposals for a nuclear-weapon-free zone in North East Asia it might also go some way to easing the damage done by DPRK behaviour so far to the global non-proliferation regime."

- Gerald Clark - Asian Affairs

"Pyongyang is well on the way to mastering the technologies it needs to build a deliverable nuclear weapon. But the expert contriutors to this volume argue convincingly that little will change when North Korea crosses that threshold. The retaliatory capabilities of Japan, South Korea and the United States are already sufficient to deter Pyongyang from attacking anyone with a nuclear weapon, and North Korea already has enough military power to deter anyone from attacking it."

- Andrew Nathan - Foreign Affairs

"Richly detailed and logically laid out, Moore's book is an excellent analysis of North Korea's acquisition of nuclear arms and the consequences to its neighbors."

- Journal of Nuclear Materials Management

Endorsements

"This is the first book ever published in English on North Korea’s nuclear operationality and how it affects regional and global security. Moore has quite successfully addressed his topic."

- Chung-in Moon, Yonsei University, Seoul, South Korea

"... One of the poorest and most isolated states in the world, North Korea, has repeatedly violated the rules of the nuclear nonproliferation regime with impunity. Even more telling is the fact that it has done so in direct defiance of the explicit demands of the United States and China, presumptive guardians of the regime... Organizing a coherent strategy to address [this] must begin with a comprehensive assessment of the North Korean nuclear threat. North Korean Nuclear Operationality: Regional Security and Nonproliferation takes an important step in this direction."

- Graham Allison, Harvard University

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