This post was written by Margaret Miller, an intern with NTI’s. Miller graduated from the College of William & Mary – University of St Andrews Joint Degree Programme and will begin graduate studies at Georgetown University’s Security Studies Program in the fall.
On June 19, the Nuclear
Threat Initiative (NTI) hosted foreign diplomats, government officials,
journalists, and members of the nonproliferation expert community for the
release of , co-authored by NTI Vice
President for Global Nuclear Policy Program
and NTI Senior Director for Fuel Cycle and Verification . The report comes in the context of stalled diplomacy on the
Korean Peninsula and heightened concerns about North Korea’s weapons of mass
destruction (WMD) capabilities.
The Report: Cooperation to Reduce WMD Risks in North Korea
Building Security Through Cooperation calls for incorporating lessons from the Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction (CTR) program following the break-up of the Soviet Union into today’s diplomacy with North Korea. The report recognizes that important differences exist with North Korea, but the model of CTR with former Soviet states offers a valuable precedent for how a cooperative approach can facilitate the safe and enduring dismantlement of WMD materials and facilities and prevent proliferation.
A similar approach with North Korea would build trust between DPRK and foreign scientists and open opportunities for redirecting infrastructure and technical experts to civilian purposes. Critically, a program modelled after CTR would work with North Korea to dismantle its nuclear weapons program, and involve key regional parties in the effort.