Jungmin Kang

Articles by Jungmin Kang

1 April 2016

A nuclear South Korea would be a mistake

Jungmin Kang

Although efforts to curb Pyongyang’s nuclear program have thus far failed, if South Korea moved closer to a nuclear arsenal it would only make a bad situation worse.

1 May 2015

Storage facilities are filling up at South Korea’s nuclear power plants, making spent fuel management a hot-button issue.

1 January 2012
A Fukushima-like nuclear accident does not have to be caused by nature. Similar results could be wrought by a dedicated terrorist group that gained access to a nuclear power plant and disabled its safety systems.
4 May 2011

Five steps to prevent another Fukushima

Jungmin Kang

The situation at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant has been an ongoing disaster since the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. According to an estimate by the Federation of Electric Power Companies of Japan, by April 27 approximately 55 percent of the fuel in reactor unit 1 had melted, along with 35 percent of the fuel in unit 2, and 30 percent of the fuel in unit 3; and overheated spent fuels in the storage pools of units 3 and 4 probably were also damaged.

1 May 2011
In 2010, South Korea’s nuclear power reactors generated 31.4 percent of the country’s total electricity—by 2030 the government plans to have 19 more reactors online, increasing even more the country’s total nuclear generating capacity.
12 June 2009

The North Korean nuclear test: Seoul goes on the defensive

Jungmin Kang

On May 25, two years and seven months after its first nuclear test, North Korea conducted its second nuclear test at Phunggye-ri, in the northeastern part of the country, which is close to the East Sea and about 375 kilometers northeast of Pyongyang. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the second test took place about 6 kilometers west of the 2006 test.

1 January 2009
Threat reduction programs with former Soviet states can serve as models to create new, peaceful jobs for the North's cadre of nuclear scientists and bomb makers.
1 January 2006
North Korea needs energy. But can the parties negotiating a solution to the nuclear crisis come up with a viable way to plug in the North?
1 January 2005
As more and more countries adopt the IAEA's Additional Protocol, all kinds of nuclear secrets will come spilling out. Currently under the microscope: South Korea.
1 May 2001
If all the “excess” plutonium from dismantled weapons were measured in units of 8 kilograms—the amount the International Atomic Energy Agency considers sufficient to make a Nagasaki-type bomb—then there is enough excess weapons plutonium to build about 9,000 bombs, and enough plutonium separated fro