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.

The Nautilus Institute seeks a diversity of views and opinions on controversial topics in order to identify common ground. Views expressed in the Briefing Book are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Nautilus Institute. The information contained in these pages may be downloaded, reproduced and redistributed as long as it has not been altered and is properly attributed. Permission to use Nautilus Institute materials for publications may be attained by contacting us.


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North Korean Nuclear Weapons: How soon an Arsenal?

Nuclear Weapons The US has been concerned about North Korea’s desire for nuclear weapons and has assessed since the early 1990s that the North has one or possibly two weapons using plutonium it produced prior to 1992. In 1994, P’yongyang halted production of additional plutonium under the terms of the US-DPRK Agreed Framework. We have […]

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The North Korea Deadlock: A Report from the Region

Jack Pritchard, former Bush administration special envoy for negotiations with the DPRK, co-sponsored by the Brookings Institution’s Center for Northeast Asian Policy Studies (CNAPS) and the Asia Society Washington Center, and held at Brookings, January 15, 2004. CHARLES L. “JACK” PRITCHARD: Now, before I give you some of my impressions, let me just set a […]

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Humanitarian: Agency Matrix

AGENCY WHAT SECTOR1 WHERE FUNDING SOURCES2 Contact Details Adventist Development Relief Association (ADRA), Switzerland Non-Food Items Health & Nutrition Food Baby homes, Orphanages and paediatric Hospital/Ward in North and South Hwanghae, Kaesong, Nampo, Pyongyang, Kangwon and South Pyongan. Church organizations Germany Private Donation Switzerland Mr. Marcel Wagner Country Director T: +8502-3817952 F: +8502-3817952 adrakor@public2.east.net.cn Campus […]

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Senator Biden’s Congressional Record comments on North Korea — on the occassion of introducing S. Res 256

Author:  Stephen Winn Linton <linton@eugenebell.org> Date:  06-Nov-2003 16:33:44 Dear Karin,   Thanks for sending this and keep up the good work!   Linton —– Original Message —– From: Karin Lee To: dprkcoordcom@nautilus.org Sent: Wednesday, November 05, 2003 3:32 AM Subject: Senator Biden’s Congressional Record comments on North Korea — on the occassion of introducing S. […]

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Military Construction Appropriations and Relocation of U.S. Forces in Korea

Author:  Karin Lee <karin@fcnl.org> Date:  05-Nov-2003 10:40:19   Relevant sections of the Conference Report, as printed in the November 4 Congressional Record, below     Congressional Record: November 4, 2003 (House)] [Page H10253-H10281] From the Congressional Record Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov] [DOCID:cr04no03-100]   CONFERENCE REPORT ON H.R. 2559, MILITARY CONSTRUCTION APPROPRIATIONS ACT, 2004 Mr. […]

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The Hidden Gulag

Author:  Lee Wheeler <wheeler@southwind.net> Date:  30-Oct-2003 07:14:53   Karin,   Thanks for the interesting and scary report.  I read one of the refugees’ book, Aquariums of Pyongyang while in South Korea last month and I could easily that being true in North Korea.  I could almost sense the presence of some of those gulags in […]

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NLR September 9, 2003

Author:  Lee Wheeler <wheeler@southwind.net> Date:  29-Sep-2003 14:37:13 Harry Barnes, I just returned from 10 days in DPRK and a week in ROK with Mennonite Central Committee.  I see you are heading there in late October.  Things continue to improve and open on many fronts.  It had been almost 1 year since I was last in. […]

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Introduced in the House: H. R. 3137 A Bill “To prohibit assistance or reparations to Cuba, Libya, North Korea, Iran, Saudi Arabia, and Syria. “

Author:  Karin Lee <karin@fcnl.org> Date:  26-Sep-2003 02:51:50   FYI   HR 3137 IH 108th CONGRESS1st Session H. R. 3137 To prohibit assistance or reparations to Cuba, Libya, North Korea, Iran, Saudi Arabia, and Syria. IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES September 17, 2003 Mr. WEINER introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on […]

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DOD News Release: Remains of U.S. Servicemen Recovered in North Korea

Author:  Karin Lee <karin@fcnl.org> Date:  25-Sep-2003 21:02:54 http://www.dod.gov/releases/2003/nr20030924-0475.html United States Department of Defense News Release On the web: DOD News Release: Remains of U.S. Servicemen Recovered in North Korea http://www.dod.gov/cgi-bin/dlprint.cgi?http://www.dod.gov/releases/2003/nr20030924-0475.html Media contact: media@defenselink.mil or +1 (703) 697-5131 Public contact: http://www.dod.mil/faq/comment.html or +1 (703) 428-0711 Immediate Release  —  No. 698-03  —  September 24, 2003 REMAINS OF […]

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Wesley Clark on North Korea

Author:  Karin Lee <karin@fcnl.org> Date:  24-Sep-2003 01:03:11   For those of you who are interested in what various candidates have to say about North Korea here is a clip from Wesley Clark’s website: “We need to be talking to the North Koreans. They don’t want war. We don’t want war. But you know truth is, there are […]

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