North Korean verification: Good enough for government work?

By Gary Samore, August 31, 2018

Destruction of North Korea's Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site. Photo credit: Voice of AmericaDestruction of North Korea's Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site. Photo credit: Voice of America

Any verification regime for eliminating North Korean nuclear weapons is likely to involve uncertainty. But a degree of uncertainty might be an acceptable price to pay.


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I would offer that NK is apparently, even inadvertently, moving towards precipitating a “forced pre-emptive first-strike condition” in this South East Asian region of the international atomic arms race. There is reason to recognize the developing potential for the combination of sophisticated high explosive delivery systems and a ruthless governmentcapable of using them, to create a forced condition requiring “striking first before being struck”. The combination of a leadership that has demonstrated deadly actions, against disfavored high ranking officers and even family members, and modern long range weapons can readily be viewed as an unacceptable condition…especially by those who have… Read more »