Nuclear Negotiations with North Korea

Since the late 1980s, when U.S. officials became aware that North Korea was actively pursuing nuclear weapons capabilities, U.S. administrations have used a combination of pressure, deterrence, and diplomacy to try to reduce the threat posed by a nuclear-armed North Korea. The need for an effective North Korea strategy has become more pressing over the past decade, as Pyongyang has made advances in its nuclear weapons and missile programs. Shortly after assuming office, the Biden Administration conducted a review of U.S. policy toward North Korea, deciding that it will engage in a “calibrated, practical approach that is open to and will explore diplomacy” with North Korea with a goal of achieving its eventual “complete denuclearization.” The Administration hopes to accomplish this end by seeking “practical measures that can help … make progress along the way towards that goal.” This report summarizes past nuclear and missile negotiations between the United States and North Korea, also known by its formal name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), and highlights some of the lessons and implications from these efforts…. Read more at Amazon