The Resource North Korea's nuclear test : motivations, implications, and U.S. options, Emma Chanlett-Avery, Sharon Squassoni

North Korea's nuclear test : motivations, implications, and U.S. options, Emma Chanlett-Avery, Sharon Squassoni

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North Korea's nuclear test : motivations, implications, and U.S. options
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North Korea's nuclear test
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motivations, implications, and U.S. options
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Emma Chanlett-Avery, Sharon Squassoni
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On October 9, 2006, North Korea announced it conducted a nuclear test. After several days of evaluation, U.S. authorities confirmed that the underground explosion was nuclear, but that the test produced a low yield of less than one kiloton. As the United Nations Security Council met and approved a resolution condemning the tests and calling for punitive sanctions, North Korea remained defiant, insisting that any increased pressure on the regime would be regarded as an act of war. China and South Korea, the top aid providers to and trade partners with the North, supported the resolution, but uncertainty remains as to whether the two countries will strictly enforce the sanctions and/or cut off other economic cooperation and aid considered crucial to the regime. The sanction regime depends heavily on individual states' compliance with the guidelines. Economists argue that the only definitively effective punishment on North Korea would be the suspension of energy aid from China, which reportedly supplies about 70% of North Korea's fuel. Determining the motivations of a government as opaque and secretive as North Korea is exceedingly difficult, but analysts have put forth a range of possibilities to explain why the Pyongyang regime decided to test a nuclear weapon. Possible motivations include an attempt to engage the United States in bilateral talks, to ensure the security of the regime, and to satisfy hard-line elements within the Pyongyang government, as well as technical motivations for carrying out a nuclear test. The short-term implications of North Korea's nuclear test are clear: whether a technical success or failure, North Korea's willingness to carry out a test in the face of significant opposition indicates that it is willing to endure the potential consequences. Analysts fear that the medium and long-term implications could include a more potent nuclear threat from Pyongyang, a nuclear arms race in Asia, and the transfer of nuclear weapons or material to states or groups hostile to the United States. There are also strong concerns about the impact on the global nonproliferation regime, particularly to other states poised to develop their own nuclear weapon programs. The most fundamental U.S. goals of the confrontation with North Korea are to prevent the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and to prevent an attack -- either nuclear or conventional -- on the United States and its allies in the region. The options available to U.S. policymakers to pursue these goals include the acceptance of North Korea as a nuclear power, bilateral or multilateral negotiations, heightened legal and economic pressure on North Korea, adoption of a regime change policy through non-military means, military action or threats, and withdrawal from the conflict
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Chanlett-Avery, Emma
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CRS report for Congress
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RL33709
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  • Nuclear weapons
  • Nuclear weapons
  • Korea (North)
  • Nuclear weapons
  • Nuclear weapons
  • Politics and government
  • Korea (North)
  • Politics and government
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North Korea's nuclear test : motivations, implications, and U.S. options, Emma Chanlett-Avery, Sharon Squassoni
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  • "October 24, 2006."
  • Title from title screen (viewed November 3, 2006)
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74907663
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1 online resource (19 pages)
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North Korea's nuclear test : motivations, implications, and U.S. options, Emma Chanlett-Avery, Sharon Squassoni
Publication
Note
  • "October 24, 2006."
  • Title from title screen (viewed November 3, 2006)
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
74907663
Extent
1 online resource (19 pages)
Form of item
online
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
System control number
(OCoLC)74907663
System details
  • Mode of access: World Wide Web
  • System requirements: Adobe Acrobat Reader

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