Published by 1540 Compass Winter 2012 – Volume 1 Issue 1 :
UNSCR 1540 & the 2012 Nuclear Security Summit: A View from Seoul
Deputy Director of Nuclear Non-Proliferation
Center for Arms Control and Nonproliferation
The Republic of Korea (ROK) has been and remains a staunch supporter of the global nonproliferation regime as it borders a grave security threat and proliferator of weapons of mass destruction (WMD). South Korea is also familiar with the barrier created by nuclear proliferation to economic growth, trade and investment.
Seoul’s concerns soon evolved to recognize a new security threat, namely the nexus between terrorists and nuclear devices. This prompted the leadership to lend its full support for UN Security Council resolution (UNSCR) 1540 in hopes of helping fill the gap in the existing nonproliferation regime.
With the 2012 Nuclear Security Summit just months away, the Republic of Korea should be more interested in enhancing UNSCR 1540, not only as the Summit Chair but against the backdrop of a “Global Korea” policy and the nation’s growing prominence in the nuclear energy industry. Click below for more .
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