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Siegfried Hecker

Siegfried S. Hecker

Articles by Siegfried S. Hecker

29 May 2014
AmericasEurope/Russia

Why the US should keep cooperating with Russia on nuclear security

Siegfried S. HeckerPeter E. Davis

Washington-Moscow relations may be strained over Ukraine, but the countries must still work together

19 February 2014
AsiaMiddle East

South Korea’s model nuclear energy program

Peter E. Davis Siegfried S. Hecker

Iran and other countries have much to learn from Seoul.

21 January 2014
Middle East

A nuclear energy program that benefits the Iranian people

Siegfried S. HeckerAbbas Milani

Why Iran should follow the South Korean model of nuclear development, reaping enormous economic benefits by eschewing the uranium enrichment that worries the world

17 October 2013
Asia

North Korea reactor restart sets back denuclearization

Siegfried S. Hecker

Pyongyang has strengthened its bargaining position in any future negotiations.

6 August 2012

Contemplating a third nuclear test in North Korea

Frank V. PabianSiegfried S. Hecker

Shortly after its failed April 13 rocket launch, North Korea was widely expected to conduct its third underground nuclear test. Such a test would have fit the pattern of the first two nuclear tests, both of which followed failed rocket launches and international condemnation. And Pyongyang has compelling technical, military, and political reasons to conduct a third nuclear test that would demonstrate it can miniaturize nuclear warheads to fit on a missile, making its nuclear arsenal more threatening.

6 January 2012

North Korea from 30,000 feet

Niko MilonopoulosSiegfried S. HeckerRobert Carlin

The first publicly available overhead imagery that suggested North Korea was constructing a new nuclear reactor at its Yongbyon complex appeared on November 4, 2010. Charles L. Pritchard, a former special envoy for negotiations with North Korea and the president of the Korea Economic Institute, along with a delegation from the institute provided the first confirmation of this construction after a visit to Yongbyon that week.

20 December 2010

Redefining denuclearization in North Korea

Siegfried S. Hecker

When my Stanford University colleagues and I were taken to the construction site of a small, experimental light water reactor (LWR) and to a new centrifuge facility in North Korea on November 12, it marked my seventh visit to North Korea and my fourth to the Yongbyon nuclear complex.

12 May 2009

The risks of North Korea's nuclear restart

Siegfried S. Hecker

On April 13, the U.N. Security Council condemned North Korea's rocket launch earlier in the month. Within nine hours, North Korea denounced and rejected the Security Council statement; expelled international inspectors and the U.S.

1 May 2008
Feature
After visiting the Yongbyon nuclear complex, the former head of Los Alamos National Laboratory judges that North Korean officials are working in “good faith” to disable the facilities. But he warns that