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  • P-ISSN0023-3900
  • E-ISSN2733-9343

Nuclear Politicking on the Korean Peninsula: A Highly Enriched Uranium Program Coming Out of the Pandora’s Box

Korea Journal, (P)0023-3900; (E)2733-9343
2009, v.49 no.2, pp.99-118
https://doi.org/10.25024/kj.2009.49.2.99

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Abstract

This paper intends to reveal the truth of the alleged North Korean HEUP (highly enriched uranium program) that spawned the current nuclear crisis, and has greatly affected the contemporary history of the Korean peninsula. The paper finds that what North Korea had in October 2002 was not an HEUP, and posed no serious and imminent threat to the security of the United States, thereby providing no rationale to scrap the Agreed Framework. The paper suggests that North Korea should be condemned for its stalling behavior during October 2002, but argues that if the Bush administration had been more willing to make efforts to remove whatever equipment the North had, the second nuclear crisis on the Korean peninsula would not have occurred, and North Korean nuclear capabilities would not have increased as they have. Most importantly, this paper maintains, the Bold Approach, the Bush administration’s version of the Perry Process, might have succeeded, thereby, bringing about a solution to the “peninsula problem” for the Koreas and the rest of the world.

keywords
Agreed Framework highly enriched uranium program Nonproliferation Treaty Pyongyang Declaration neoconservatives second nuclear crisis NCND Joseph DeTrani The July 1 Measure Sinuiju Special Administrative Region

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