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PacNet #2 – Three Yardsticks for a Strategic Evaluation: Responding to a New Nuclear North Korea

Since year’s end, much of the attention on North Korea’s nuclear program has focused on the missed deadlines for disabling the Yongbyon facility and more importantly for Pyongyang’s provision of a “complete and correct” declaration of all its nuclear programs.   However, whether a declaration is forthcoming or not, it is important to note that it has now been nearly 15 months since North Korea’s Oct. 9, 2006 nuclear test and it is against this timeline that the progress in negotiations might best be evaluated.