Op-ed: North Korea’s other weapons of mass destruction

Senior Policy Director Alexandra Bell and Research Intern Abigail Pokraka wrote a piece in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists on the dangers of North Korea’s chemical and biological weapons programs.

Achieving the final, fully verified denuclearization of North Korea will require the most complicated and rigorous security agreement ever negotiated. That means that the Trump Administration has an unprecedented challenge ahead of it, before even getting to other threats like North Korea’s conventional forces and ballistic missile program. Adding to the complications are the rumored North Korean chemical and biological weapons programs. The Trump Administration is right to focus on the North Korean nuclear program first, but it cannot ignore the chemical and biological threats for long, as they too present a serious large threat to the region. The political, legal, and technical obstacles to capturing these programs under any agreement are certainly manifold, but not insurmountable. There are previous programs and efforts that can provide a blueprint. Read more