DPRK Briefing Book

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This Briefing Book is currently inactive. It was last edited in December 2011.

The North Korean nuclear proliferation threat is a classic example of a complicated global problem. Like a badly tangled pile of ropes, each aspect of the Korean security dilemma is intertwined: the on-going division of the Peninsula and inter-Korean reconciliation, threat of nuclear proliferation and war, domestic downward spiral of North Korea, relations of the great powers to the Peninsula and to each other, weight of history and culture, and North Korea’s barrier to regional economic integration. The more you tug on one strand to undo the tangle, the more other knots in the pile tighten.

The Nautilus Institute has created the DPRK Briefing Book to enrich debate and rectify the deficiencies in public knowledge. Our goal is that the DPRK Briefing Book becomes your reference of choice on the security dilemmas posed by North Korea and its relations with the United States. The DPRK Briefing Book is part of the Nautilus Institute’s “US-DPRK Next Steps: Avoiding Nuclear Proliferation and Nuclear War in Korea” project.

The completed DPRK Briefing Book will cover approximately two-dozen “Policy Areas,” each containing issue briefs, critical analyses from diverse perspectives, and key reference materials, some of which are available as PDFs. (To view the PDFs, you will need to download and install the free Adobe Acrobat Reader). We will post additional Policy Areas over the coming months. If you would like to be notified as they are completed, please sign up for NAPSnet, if you haven’t already.

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DPRK

Digging for Answers in the DPRK Mining Sector: Seeking Solutions for the North Korean Economy

by the Institute for Far Eastern Studies April 08, 2006 North Korea is looking to its energy and mining sectors to ease the pain of economic hardship. The DPRK is working not only with neighbors China and South Korea but has reached resource development agreements with Russia, Ireland, and other countries, and is seeking means […]

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DPRK Timeline of Recent Events part 2

April 19, 2004 Kim Jong-Il began a secret visit to the PRC for talks with PRC leaders, including President Hu Jintao, regarding the DPRK’s nuclear weapons ambitions and its economy. April 16, 2004 In an effort to improve diplomatic ties, the DPRK may send relatives of five former Japanese abductees to Japan, possibly by this […]

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DPRK Timeline of Recent Events part 1

October 16th, 2003: The DPRK said it would display a nuclear deterrent at “an appropriate time” to end debate over its nuclear status if the United States delayed a solution to an impasse over Pyongyang’s atomic ambitions. October 15th, 2003: The DPRK and ROK opened cabinet-level talks in Pyongyang with the DPRK leadership rejecting Seoul’s […]

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US DPRK Email Archive

Index of Archive by Date Date Subject Author 13-Apr-2004 DOD Press Release: U.S. MIA recovery team transports supplies and equipment across DMZ Karin Lee 12-Apr-2004 China Educational Exchange sends English teachers to North Korea Karin Lee 06-Apr-2004 Informal Summary: March 30, 2004 House Committee on International Relations Hearing: The Bush Administration and Non-Proliferation: A New […]

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DOD Press Release: U.S. MIA recovery team transports supplies and equipment across DMZ

Karin Lee 13 April 2004 East Asia Policy Education Project FCNL Education Fund Korea Update 245 Second Street NE, Washington, DC 20002-5795 phone: (202) 547-6000 ext. 110  fax: (202) 547-6019 email: Karin@fcnl.org    web site: www.fcnl.org   Department of Defense Press Release http://www.dod.gov/releases/2004/nr20040412-0565.html Remains of U.S. MIAs to be recovered in North Korea Contact: (703) 697-5131 […]

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Informal Summary: March 30, 2004 House Committee on International Relations Hearing: The Bush Administration and Non-Proliferation: A New Strategy Emerges

Author:  Karin Lee <karin@fcnl.org> Date:  06-Apr-2004 13:23:38 East Asia Policy Education Project FCNL Education Fund Korea Update 245 Second Street NE, Washington, DC 20002-5795 phone: (202) 547-6000 ext. 110  fax: (202) 547-6019 email: Karin@fcnl.org    web site: www.fcnl.org ____________________________________________________________   Informal summary: March 30, 2004 House Committee on International Relations Hearing:  “The Bush Administration and Nonproliferation: […]

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Informal Notes from SFRC March 2, 2004 Hearing: The North Korean Nuclear Calculus: Beyond the Six Power Talks

Author:  Karin Lee <karin@fcnl.org> Date:  20-Mar-2004 06:19:57   East Asia Policy Education Project FCNL Education Fund Korea Update 245 Second Street NE, Washington, DC 20002-5795 phone: (202) 547-6000 ext. 110  fax: (202) 547-6019 email: Karin@fcnl.org    web site: www.fcnl.org ____________________________________________________________ Better late than never. . . Informal notes from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Hearing “The […]

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Chosun Ilbo: Pyongyang Loosens Border Controls (2004.03.15)

Author:  Karin Lee <karin@fcnl.org> Date:  17-Mar-2004 12:50:25 Pyongyang Loosens Border Controls  (2004.03.15)   According to ethnic Korean-Chinese regional officials in Yanbian province on Monday, the North Korean government has eased requirements for North Koreans visiting China, leading to an increase in the number of North Korean crossing the border to visit China. After the North […]

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Staff Trip Report [Keith Luse and Frank Jannuzi] North Korea: Status Report on Nuclear Program, Humanitarian Issues, and Economic Reforms

Author:  Karin Lee <karin@fcnl.org> Date:  03-Mar-2004 06:55:18   East Asia Policy Education Project FCNL Education Fund Korea Update 245 Second Street NE, Washington, DC 20002-5795 phone: (202) 547-6000 ext. 110  fax: (202) 547-6019 email: Karin@fcnl.org    web site: www.fcnl.org ____________________________________________________________ Please click on the following link for the report submitted by Keith Luse and Frank Jannuzi, […]

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March 2: Senate Foreign Relations Committee Hearing: The North Korean Nuclear Calculus: Beyond the Six Power Talks

Author: Karin Lee <Karin@fcnl.org> Date: 25-Feb-2004 06:19:26   East Asia Policy Education Project FCNL Education Fund Korea Update 245 Second Street NE, Washington, DC 20002-5795 phone: (202) 547-6000 ext. 110  fax: (202) 547-6019 email: Karin@fcnl.org    web site: www.fcnl.org   http://foreign.senate.gov/hearings/2004/hrg040302p.html The North Korean Nuclear Calculus: Beyond the Six Power Talks ——————————————————————————– HEARING before the COMMITTEE […]

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