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November 30, 2017

North Korean Nuclear Program
Vehicles carry missiles during a military parade in Pyongyang. North Korea’s Military Capabilities

Kim Jong-un has accelerated North Korea’s buildup of nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction, while also modernizing its large conventional force.

September 27, 2017

China
China-North-Korea-Cover.jpg The China–North Korea Relationship

China is North Korea’s biggest trade partner and has leverage over Kim Jong-un’s regime, yet its policies focus more on border stability than nuclear threat.

November 27, 2017

North Korea
A woman works at a textile mill in Pyongyang, North Korea. What to Know About the Sanctions on North Korea

North Korea continues to endure economic sanctions, suggesting that enforcement has not been strong enough to pressure Pyongyang into negotiations on its nuclear program.

August 29, 2017

North Korean Nuclear Program
U.S. Navy Can Ballistic Missile Defense Shield Guam From North Korea?

Attempts by the United States and Japan to intercept North Korean ballistic missiles headed toward Guam could fail and undermine the credibility of missile defense.

December 19, 2011

Nonproliferation, Arms Control, and Disarmament
North Korea After Kim

Kim Jong-il’s death has prompted discussion about the future of the isolated country and its nuclear weapons program. Experts cited in this CFR Backgrounder believe a post-Kim regime in North Korea w…

October 31, 2012

Elections and Voting
The Candidates on North Korea

President Obama has expanded sanctions against North Korea over its nuclear ambitions while making attempts to engage with it, but Mitt Romney has criticized the engagement policy as weak.

June 28, 2008

North Korea
State Sponsors: North Korea

North Korea’s recent nuclear program and recent nuclear test have resulted in on-going negotiations aimed at North Korea’s cooperation with the international community.

June 7, 2006

North Korea
North Korea’s Capitalist Experiment

The government of North Korean President Kim Jung-Il retains a virtual death grip on the nation’s economy, directing all official economic activity through an authoritarian command system. But recent…

February 7, 2005

Pakistan
PAKISTAN: The North Korea Connection

This publication is now archived. Will allegations that Pakistan recently aidedNorth Korea’s nuclear arms program affect U.S.-Pakistanirelations?Probably not dramatically, experts say. For all the Bu…

February 16, 2005

North Korea
NORTH KOREA: Parallel to Iraq?

This publication is now archived. Why does the United States treat North Korea differently from Iraq?Bush administration officials argue that North Korea and Iraq--both rogue states pursuing worrisom…