North Korea

Experts guess that North Korea has less than ten nuclear weapons, a tiny amount compared to nations like China, the US or Russia. But the Hermit Kingdom’s unpredictable and belligerent behavior — on one of the world’s last remaining Cold War fault lines — make it an outsized threat to global safety and security.

Simply continuing past policies  —  applying more sanctions and beefing up military capabilities in the region  —  will almost certainly fail, but more ominously will likely result in one or more of three outcomes, all of them bad: accidental war or military miscalculation; weapons-grade plutonium or uranium secreted out of North Korea; and Pyongyang increasing its leverage by continuing to produce fissile material.

Latest News and Analysis on Nuclear Weapons in North Korea

  • Asia watchers are pouring over recent announcements from North Korea and speculating about their meaning. While there is little doubt that things are afoot in Pyongyang, it is not exactly clear what.

    October 1, 2010 - By Sarah Beth Cross
  • North Korean Leader, Kim Jong Il, may be lining up a successor to his rule in a historic meeting of the Workers Party.  Ploughshares Fund supports many of the top experts who are closely following these events.

    September 27, 2010 - By Reid Pauly
  • September 15, 2010 - By Sarah Beth Cross
  • News broke today of a new report detailing Burma's potential nuclear weapons ambitions.

    June 4, 2010 - By Elise Connor
  • As the 189 signatories to the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty gather in New York this week for the five-year review of the progress toward the goals of the treaty, Ploughshares Fund staff, board members and grantees are providing analysis and commentary on the range of issues under discussion, from Iran's nuclear program to global efforts to achieve a nuclear weapon-free world. 

    June 1, 2010 - By Deborah Bain
  • North Korean expert and Ploughshares Fund grantee Joel Wit argues that America must pursue "sustained diplomatic engagement" with North Korea.

    June 1, 2010 - By Elise Connor
  • There are times when you can feel the hinge of history moving. This is one of them.

    April 11, 2010 - By Joe Cirincione
  • In one of the busiest weeks for nuclear diplomacy in memory, here's a way for you to take diplomatic action of your own.

    April 6, 2010 - By Deborah Bain
  • Fresh Air host Terry Gross talks to David Albright, author of the new book Peddling Peril on Thursday's program. 

    March 18, 2010 - By Anonymous
  • Syria in 2007 received approximately 45 tons of raw uranium from North Korea for use in producing fuel for a secret nuclear reactor, informed military and diplomatic sources told Kyodo News on Saturday (see G

    March 8, 2010 - By Anonymous