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

  • North Korea's release of two American journalists could be a sign that the secretive and volatile regime is ready to re-engage in negotiations about its nuclear weapons program, say U.S. experts.

    August 9, 2009 - By Sarah Brown
  • After the homecoming of American journalists from North Korea, an article for Herald de Paris discusses what the North Korean media said about the incident.  A

    August 7, 2009 - By Sarah Brown
  • Joe appears on the Forum with Michael Krasny, a program on San Francisco Public Radio, to discuss President Clinton's mission to North Korea and the implications of the

    August 7, 2009 - By Kelly Bronk
  • (CNN) -- President Clinton did more than free two unjustly jailed journalists. He jump-started the successful diplomacy he had begun 15 years earlier.

    August 5, 2009 - By Joe Cirincione
  • President Clinton did more than free two unjustly jailed journalists. He jump-started the successful diplomacy he had begun 15 years earlier, writes Joe Cirincione on CNN.com

    August 5, 2009 - By Deborah Bain
  • Joe talks to Charlie Rose about President Bill Clinton's mission to North Korea to free two American journalists. 

    August 5, 2009 - By Kelly Bronk
  • Joe appears on Associated Press Television News to discuss former President Bill Clinton's visit to North Korea to secure the release of two American journalists .

    August 4, 2009 - By Kelly Bronk
  • Joe speaks with BBC anchor Sonia Smith about the implications of former President Bill Clinton's trip to North Korea.  Their conversation explores the future of American-North Korean relations and the potential for nuclear negotations.

    August 4, 2009 - By Kelly Bronk
  • Joe discusses former President Bill Clinton's trip to North Korea to negotiate the release of two American journalists with CNN anchor Kyra Phillips.

    August 4, 2009 - By Kelly Bronk
  • Has former President Bill Clinton's successful mission to Pyongyang to win the release of two American journalists opened up a new chapter in U.S.-North Korea relations?  

    August 4, 2009 - By Paul Carroll