North Korea

Experts estimate that North Korea may have enough plutonium and highly enriched uranium for 20 to 25 nuclear weapons, a tiny amount compared to nations like China, the United States or Russia. But the crisis with North Korea presents one of the greatest global security threats today. And the crisis is only getting worse as Pyongyang races to develop its ability to strike targets farther and farther away.

Verbal threats and other provocations between the North and the US have stoked this growing fire, bringing us to the brink of war in mid 2017. North Korea has developed an ICBM capable of reaching the United States and reportedly has a miniaturized nuclear warhead to match. If diplomatic action isn’t taken soon, it may be only a matter of time before a devastating regional war breaks out in the region. Threatening military action in the region  will almost certainly fail, but more ominously will likely result in one or more of three outcomes, all of them bad: accidental war or military miscalculation, weapons-grade plutonium or uranium secreted out of North Korea, and Pyongyang increasing its leverage by continuing to produce fissile material. Ploughshares Fund and its grantees are committed to preventing a humanitarian catastrophe and finding a peaceful resolution to the North Korea crisis.

Latest News and Analysis on Nuclear Weapons in North Korea

  • The Opportunity For Diplomacy With North Korea

    As President Trump prepares to meet with Chairman Kim Jong Un for a second summit, Ploughshares Fund today released a new report with recommendations for continued US-North Korea diplomacy. Drawing on the lessons of past negotiations, this report urges President Trump and US lawmakers to seize a...

    February 25, 2019 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • Push for principled progress on US-DPRK diplomacy

    The United States has a rare opportunity to advance the twin goals of denuclearization and a lasting peace regime on the Korean Peninsula, commitments that the two nations made during their unprecedented Summit in Singapore in June 2018. With this in mind, pro-diplomacy organizations urge...

    February 21, 2019 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • The Next Trump-Kim Summit

    Although the situation with North Korea has improved from a year ago, the crisis still presents one of the greatest global security challenges. Ploughshares Fund's investment strategy makes the impact of all of our grants larger than the sum of each individual grant. Our inter-locking...

    February 4, 2019 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • Remembering the Hawaii False Alarm

    January 13 marks the one-year anniversary of the false Hawaii missile alert. That’s when nearly every radio, television and cell phone in Hawaii broadcast a mistaken official message that read, "Ballistic missile threat inbound to Hawaii. Seek immediate shelter. This is not a drill." Hawaiians...

    January 9, 2019 - By Will Lowry
  • Will you help Ploughshares Fund?

    As we reach the end of another tumultuous year in US nuclear policy, the work and mission of Ploughshares Fund has never been more urgent. I'm writing to ask you to consider giving generously today. Last year at this time, North Korea tested its most powerful missile yet — one capable of...

    December 11, 2018 - By Philip Yun
  • Rep. Adam Smith at Future of US Nuclear Policy

    Representative Adam Smith (D-WA) is poised to head the House Armed Services Committee when the new Congress convenes in January 2019. Rep. Smith is a champion of moving nuclear weapons policy in the right direction. Leaders such as Rep. Smith are critical in reversing the Trump administration's...

    November 19, 2018 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • Livestream: The Future of US Nuclear Policy 11/14

    Join us on Wednesday, November 14th on Facebook for a livestreamed, in-depth briefing on the future of US nuclear policy. This event will be live streamed on the Ploughshares Fund Facebook page. The conference will feature major speeches by Rep. Adam Smith, Sen. Edward J. Markey, Rep. Ted Lieu,...

    October 31, 2018 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • Nuclear Diplomacy: An Interview with Jenny Town

    Jenny Town is a Research Analyst at the Stimson Center and the Managing Editor and Producer of Ploughshares Fund grantee 38 North, a web journal that provides policy and technical analysis on North Korea. We recently asked her about denuclearization talks and the September meeting between South...

    October 5, 2018 - By Will Lowry
  • Tom Collina on the Moon Jae-in and Kim Jong-un Summit

    Ploughshares Fund Policy Director Tom Collina appeared on BBC World News on September 19, 2018 to discuss the recent summit between President Moon Jae-in of South Korea, and Chairman Kim Jong-un of North Korea on efforts to denuclearize the Korean peninsula.

    September 20, 2018 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • Our assessment of the Singapore Summit

    Donald Trump, upon his return from the historic summit in Singapore with North Korea's Kim Jong Un, quickly tweeted that "There is no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea." We wish this was the case. In fact, as we have often seen with this President and his pronouncements, nothing could be...

    June 15, 2018 - By Ploughshares Fund