Image credit: Mansudae Grand Monument, Pyongyang.
By Nicor, 2012, from Wikimedia Commons
In this special episode of History Behind the News, we look at the history of North Korea’s Nuclear Weapons Program, to better understand the significance of recent events surrounding this secretive and belligerent country. I will give you the historical background on this subject, from the origins of the North’s nuclear ambitions in the aftermath of the Second World War and the beginning of the Cold War, to the development of nuclear reactors from the 1960s, and the first nuclear bomb tests in the early 21st century.
Links for this episode:
American Security Project (with a timeline)
Document from the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation : North Korea’s Nuclear Program (with another timeline)
Arms Control Association : Chronology of U.S.-North Korean Nuclear and Missile Diplomacy (and yet another timeline!)
Further reading :
For current news about North Korea: NK News
And this recent article helps demystify NK’s nuclear ambitions
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Cover art by Philippe O’Connor: www.oconnorlacroix.com
Music: Noble March, by Mjollnir, from www.AudioJungle.com