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Monday, March 26, 2012

North Korea and a Nuclear Summit

North Korea will certainly be in the room when the leaders of about 50 countries meet in Seoul next week for the 2nd Nuclear Security Summit. Only, it will be there as an elephant, whose presence is very much felt, even if it isn’t always talked about. The Nuclear Security Summit is the brainchild of U.S. President Barack Obama, who during his presidency has maintained that the greatest threat to international security comes from the possibility of nuclear terrorism. It was in this context that he conceived of the summit as a forum for the leaderships of countries with nuclear materials to help them recognize the gravity of the problem, and to make voluntary commitments on securing nuclear materials and technology over the following four years. Non-proliferation, and by extension the challenges posed by the nuclear programs/ambitions of Iran and North Korea, haven’t so far been on the agenda of the summit, ... Read More...

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