North Korea

Experts estimate that North Korea may have enough plutonium and highly enriched uranium for 20 to 25 nuclear weapons, a tiny amount compared to nations like China, the United States or Russia. But the crisis with North Korea presents one of the greatest global security threats today. And the crisis is only getting worse as Pyongyang races to develop its ability to strike targets farther and farther away.

Verbal threats and other provocations between the North and the US have stoked this growing fire, bringing us to the brink of war in mid 2017. North Korea has developed an ICBM capable of reaching the United States and reportedly has a miniaturized nuclear warhead to match. If diplomatic action isn’t taken soon, it may be only a matter of time before a devastating regional war breaks out in the region. Threatening military action 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. Ploughshares Fund and its grantees are committed to preventing a humanitarian catastrophe and finding a peaceful resolution to the North Korea crisis.

Latest News and Analysis on Nuclear Weapons in North Korea

  • Rep. Adam Smith at Future of US Nuclear Policy

    Representative Adam Smith (D-WA) is poised to head the House Armed Services Committee when the new Congress convenes in January 2019. Rep. Smith is a champion of moving nuclear weapons policy in the right direction. Leaders such as Rep. Smith are critical in reversing the Trump administration's...

    November 19, 2018 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • Livestream: The Future of US Nuclear Policy 11/14

    Join us on Wednesday, November 14th on Facebook for a livestreamed, in-depth briefing on the future of US nuclear policy. This event will be live streamed on the Ploughshares Fund Facebook page. The conference will feature major speeches by Rep. Adam Smith, Sen. Edward J. Markey, Rep. Ted Lieu,...

    October 31, 2018 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • Nuclear Diplomacy: An Interview with Jenny Town

    Jenny Town is a Research Analyst at the Stimson Center and the Managing Editor and Producer of Ploughshares Fund grantee 38 North, a web journal that provides policy and technical analysis on North Korea. We recently asked her about denuclearization talks and the September meeting between South...

    October 5, 2018 - By Will Lowry
  • Tom Collina on the Moon Jae-in and Kim Jong-un Summit

    Ploughshares Fund Policy Director Tom Collina appeared on BBC World News on September 19, 2018 to discuss the recent summit between President Moon Jae-in of South Korea, and Chairman Kim Jong-un of North Korea on efforts to denuclearize the Korean peninsula.

    September 20, 2018 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • Our assessment of the Singapore Summit

    Donald Trump, upon his return from the historic summit in Singapore with North Korea's Kim Jong Un, quickly tweeted that "There is no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea." We wish this was the case. In fact, as we have often seen with this President and his pronouncements, nothing could be...

    June 15, 2018 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • The Singapore Summit: What Would Success Look Like?

    The primary goal for the June 12 US-North Korea summit in Singapore should be an agreed statement that leads to the phased denuclearization of the Korean peninsula and a transformed relationship between the United States, North Korea and South Korea. As President Trump said on June 1, “We’re...

    June 7, 2018 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • Factsheet: Singapore Summit

    On June 12, 2018, US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will hold an historic summit in Singapore. The summit, first announced in March, was temporarily canceled by Trump after...

    June 7, 2018 - By Catherine Killough
  • The North Korea Moment

    I was born at the end of the Cold War, but the world is no less dangerous today. Fears from my parent’s generation, including the resurgence of an arms race and increases in nuclear weapons spending, have yet to fade. Only now, those fears are compounded by the emergence of new nuclear states...

    May 24, 2018 - By Catherine Killough
  • Block Mike Pompeo, Say No to Nuclear War

    Together, we can prevent a global catastrophe. Sign our petition to block Mike Pompeo, who has been nominated as Secretary of State. Pompeo is a harsh critic of the Iran nuclear agreement, which currently blocks Iran’s pathways to acquiring nuclear weapons, and has called for military strikes...

    April 4, 2018 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • North Korea, Bellicose Tweets and Other Nuclear Challenges

    The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists recently set the Doomsday Clock ahead 30 seconds, 2 minutes to the proverbial 'midnight' signifying the end of humanity as we know it. This 30‑second move from last year, sets the clock as close to midnight as it has been since 1953, after the Soviet Union and...

    January 25, 2018 - By Ploughshares Fund