Prospects for North Korea’s Denuclearization

ASIA FORUM with Dr. Mark Byung-Moon Suh

Member of Pugwash Council, Berlin

Wednesday, October 2, 2013, 09:30–11:00

Although there has been a great deal of improvement of relations between North and South Korea as witnessed by the reopening of the Kaesong industrial complex, North Korea’s nuclear issue has not been clearly touched upon so far. North Korea would seem to have very few possibilities to dismantle its nuclear program as it considers nuclear weapons as a security guarantee against a possible invasion from the U.S. Notwithstanding, China has recently urged the resumption of the Six Party Talks, and the US and North Korea hold a bilateral meeting as an initial discussion on North Korea’s denuclearization, took place in Berlin on September 24-26.

This forum will discuss about the prospects for North Korea’s denuclearization, if its nuclear policy will remain unchanged.

Dr. Mark Byung Moon Suh is a native Korean living in Berlin, Germany. He has left South Korea to study in the US in 1972 and lives in overseas since then. He is a political scientist and has taught for more than 20 years until his retirement in 2011 at the Free University of Berlin. He is active in international peace movement since 1978 especially through the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs. He is a member of the Pugwash Council since 1997 and visits North Korea regularly since 2001. He conducts workshops and seminars for North and South Korean experts on energy and environmental issues since 2002. His most recent visits to North Korea were in June and September 2012. He is a member of the German Council on Foreign Affairs (DGAP).

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