North Korea: Nukes, Nationalism & Negotiations

Issue & Policy Briefs February, 2013, No. 112

As South Korea this month takes up the rotating presidency of the United Nations Security Council, concerns over North Korea’s nuclear program grow. Pyongyang’s recent rocket tests, its anticipated third nuclear test, as well as reactions across the region, mean new approaches are needed. New approaches in engagement with Pyongyang are essential and should be immediate to prevent nationalist sentiments from escalating the issue to unmanageable heights for neighboring governments.