North Korea

Nuclear Weapon Free-Zone Briefing Book: North Korea

A nuclear weapon free zone including the DPRK, even one armed at the outset with nuclear weapons, is a precondition of stabilizing the nuclear weapons and risk of war and nuclear war in the Korean Peninsula. The Korea-Japan Nuclear Weapons Free Zone would require the DPRK to reaffirm its goal of denuclearization and achieving nuclear-free status; and to implement its own announced policy of favoring a nuclear weapon free zone in Korea and beyond. If the DPRK is to disarm its nuclear weapons, then it will require a sovereign American guarantee that it is not targeted by US nuclear weapons–a guarantee the ‘zone’ uniquely offers. By enabling a transformational change in the DPRK, such a Zone would enable it to shift its current spoiler state status to take on a more cooperative and responsible role that contributes to the regional community.

In January 2015 Nautilus and CIIS held a bilateral meeting in Beijing. Project information and papers are available HERE.

Publications l Supporting Materials


Kim Jong Il’s Death Suggests Continuity Plus Opportunity to Engage
Peter Hayes, Scott Bruce and David von Hippel, Nautilus Institute Policy Forum, 19 December 2011

Not Bad Options for the Six Party Talks
Roger Cavazos, Nautilus Institute Policy Forum, 9 November 2011

Kim Jong Il’s Nuclear Diplomacy and the US Opening: Slow Motion Six-Party Engagement
Jeffrey Lewis, Peter Hayes, and Scott Bruce, Nautilus Institute Policy Forum, 21 October 2011

Unprecedented Nuclear Strikes of the Invincible Army: A Realistic Assessment of North Korea’s Operational Nuclear Capability
Peter Hayes and Scott Bruce, Nautilus Institute Special Report, 22 September 2011

Planning for the Unthinkable: Countering a North Korean Nuclear Attack and Management of Post-Attack Scenarios
Bruce E. Bechtol Jr., Korean Journal of Defense Analysis (Vol 23 No 1), March 2011

A Return Trip to North Korea’s Yongbyon Nuclear Complex
Siegfried S. Hecker, Co-Director of the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) and Professor of Management Science and Engineering at Stanford University.

North Korean Nuclear Nationalism and the Threat of Nuclear War in Korea 
Peter Hayes, Professor, RMIT University and Nautilus Institute Executive Director and Scott Bruce, Nautilus Institute Director, Nautilus Institute, Policy Forum 21 April 2011

DPRK Enriched Uranium Highlights Need for New US DPRK Policy
Peter Hayes, Professor, RMIT University and Executive Director of the Nautilus Institute, Policy Forum, 22 November 2010.

Sustainable Security in the Korean Peninsula: Envisioning a Northeast Asian Biodiversity Corridor
Peter Hayes, Professor, RMIT University and Executive Director of the Nautilus Institute, Policy Forum, 24 August 2010.

Supporting Materials

The Six Party Talks and Implications for Northeast Asia Nuclear Weapons Free Zone
Moon, C., East Asia Nuclear Security Workshop, Tokyo, Japan (November 2011)

The Conventional Forces of North Korea and Arms Control in Korean Peninsular: Breaking through the Stalemate
Cha, D. H., East Asia Nuclear Security Workshop, Tokyo, Japan (November 2011)