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Nuclear North Korea: Call for a New Approach

Dates of Broadcast

Dec. 3, Sat.
Dec. 3, Sat.
New York:
Dec. 2, Fri.

In September 2016, against the backdrop of ongoing ballistic missile tests, North Korea carried out its fifth nuclear test to date. As this Asian state continues to push ahead with its nuclear program despite repeated criticism and numerous resolutions by the UN Security Council, concern is building among the international community that North Korea may eventually deploy fully operational nuclear weapons.
The diplomatic consensus, however, is far from unanimous. While the United States, Japan, and South Korea want stronger economic sanctions, China, a nation with significant political and economic influence over North Korea, favors discussion. The acceleration of North Korea's nuclear program has had a major effect on security across East Asia, and US-China relations have been cooled significantly by the Asian superpower's strong objections to South Korea's participation in the United States Army's THAAD anti-ballistic missile system. How will East Asian nations react to the security issues raised by North Korea's nuclear weapons? Especially amid regional uncertainty that has grown still further in recent weeks, as scandal has eroded public support for President Park Geun-hye of South Korea, and the US has defied expectations by electing Donald Trump as its next leader.
Our panel of experts from the United States, Japan, South Korea, and China gathered at Yonsei University in the South Korean capital to discuss their views on North Korea's nuclear program, the state's motivations, and the response of the international community.


Lee Chung-min Professor, Graduate School of International Studies, Yonsei University

Joel Wit Senior Fellow
The U.S.-Korea Institute 
Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies

Gui Yongtao Associate Professor, School of International Studies, Peking University

Narushige Michishita Professor, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies


Kim Ji-yoon Research Fellow, Asan Institute for Policy Studies
Director, Center for Public Opinion and Quantitative Research,
Asan Institute for Policy Studies