North Korea's Nuclear Weapons: Implications for the Nuclear Ambitions of Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan

Hughes, Christopher W.
January 2007
Asia Policy;Jan2007, Issue 3, p75
The article assesses the nuclear intentions of Japan, South Korea and Taiwan following the October 2006 nuclear test conducted by North Korea. Topics discussed include principal drivers of nuclear proliferation such as national security and domestic political economy, the need for the U.S. to assert deterrence to avoid entrapment dilemmas, and provocation of non-nuclear weapon nations in Northeast Asia to start their own nuclear weapons programs. Policy implications for the U.S. are also cited.


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