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Assessment of the Nuclear Programs of Iran and North Korea

Kang, Jungmin (Ed.)

2013, XII, 131 p. 19 illus.

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  • Includes contributions from leading international researchers in this field
  • Provides extensive snapshots of the currently known nuclear programs, and analyses failures and weaknesses of past verification activities
  • Presents innovative suggestions for ways forward
When we are looking at proliferation cases, there are a number of lessons – positive and negative – learnt. First, facts reported by the IAEA are essential for the international community in assessing the compliance and risks of possible clandestine activities. Second, the IAEA verification scheme is biting when it fully exercises its verification rights, and when it is provided with the requisite cooperation. Third, when countries face questions raised by the IAEA, those that chose to turn the course and / or cooperated to remove concerns and ambiguities resolved their nuclear dossiers in a satisfactory manner and fairly swiftly. Fourth, when states adopt the course of confrontation, as are currently the cases with Iran, Syria and North Korea, the situation becomes more complicated and more difficult to resolve. Fifth, dragging non-compliance and challenging of the authority of the United Nations Security Council and the IAEA Board of Governors erodes the international non-proliferation regime.
This book addresses two proliferation cases, Iran and North Korea providing extensive snapshots on the currently known nuclear programs, and analyses failures and weaknesses of past verification activities, and makes innovative suggestions for ways forward.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Ballistic Missile Development - Graphite Isotope Ratio Method - IAEA - Iran’s Nuclear Program - Nuclear Developments in North Korea - Nuclear Nonproliferation - Plutonium-Production Declaration - Tehran Research Reactor - Verification Nuclear Treaties - Yongbyon Plutonium Facilities

Related subjects » Energy Technology - Nuclear Energy - Political Science - Social Policy / Labor / Population Economics

Table of contents 

Preface by Olli Heinonen. Introduction by Jungmin Kang.

Part One: North Korea.

1 Nuclear Developments in North Korea; Siegfried S. Hecker.

2 Verifying the DPRK Nuclear Program; Jin-Soo An.

3 Using the Graphite Isotope Ratio Method to Verify the DPRK’s Plutonium-Production Declaration; Jungmin Kang.

4 Cyclical Patterns of North Korean Nuclear Crises and Solutions: A South Korean Perspective; Bong-Geun Jun.

Part Two: Iran.

5 The Feasibility of a Diplomatic Solution to the Confrontation over Iran’s Nuclear Program; Frank von Hippel.

6 Iran’s Nuclear Program: The Case for Engagement; R. Scott Kemp.

7 The verification of the peaceful nature of Iran's nuclear program; Olli Heinonen.

8 The Status of Iran’s Nuclear Programs; Jung-Hyun Lee.

Part Three: North Korea – Iran Connection.

9 North Korean-Iranian Cooperation in Ballistic Missile Development; Nelson E. Hansen.

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