Students should answer the following questions:
1.Why does North Korea want the bomb?
2.How does North Korea’s possession of the bomb and delivery systems affect the balance of power in East Asia?
3.What options does the US have in dealing with North Korea,especially if North Korea has operational ICBMs(Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles) capable of reaching the mainland?
Students should carefully read ,Leon V. Sigal, “Getting What We Need From North Korea”,Global Issues.The article provides important background information about some of the problems in dealing with North Korea’s nuclear arsenal and delivery system.
Also read Michael Mandelbaum, “How to Prevent an Iranian Bomb,”Global Issues.The article may provide an important model of how to deal with the nuclear threat posed by North Korea.Note, however, that an important difference is that Iran is not yet a nuclear weapon state, while North Korea already is a nuclear weapon state.
Weekly session five, which deals with China, also provides useful information about the North Korean crisis.
Scroll down weekly session five, until you come to the notes dealing with North Korea.
Some of the following websites on the internet may provide important information about North Korea.It is up to the student to check out sources on the internet to acquire more information about North Korea.
U.S. Korea Institute at SAIS
Arms Control Association
International Atomic Energy Agency
Permanent Mission of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea to the United Nations
Permanent Mission of the Republic of Korea to the United Nations
North Korean Central News Agency
U.S. State Department
Report on Human Rights in North Korea,International Bar Association