North Korea's testing of a nuclear bomb sent out a shock wave throughout the world and totally changed the strategic equation in the Korean peninsula and Northeast Asia. This testing has far-reaching implications for Korean peace and unification, Northeast Asian security and America's global war on terrorism. This key volume provides an in-depth analysis of the inter-Korean and international dynamics of North Korea's nuclear crisis. It offers new insights into the six-party talks designed to resolve the crisis, suggests creative formulas to resolve the ongoing crisis through peaceful, diplomatic means and delves into the interests and policies of the major powers - the US, China, Japan and Russia - at the six-party negotiating table. The contributing authors are distinguished specialists and experts in the field and as such offer valuable expertise into the dynamics of this nuclear crisis for students and academics
Seung-Ho Joo is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Minnesota-Morris, USA. Tae-Hwan Kwak is Professor Emeritus at the Department of Government, Eastern Kentucky University, USA.
'Other international security crises may fill the headlines, but North Korea has consistently remained the world’s most complex, frustrating, and dangerous threat. This superb volume skilfully weaves together critical context with the insights of scholars and policy makers. The result is a timely book; clarifying and illuminating a security challenge that has long eluded understanding.' Jay M. Parker, Georgetown University, USA 'As North Korea continues to shock the world with its nuclear diplomacy, scholars are trying to explain the behaviour of Pyongyang's dangerous regime and the reaactions of surrounding powers. This book offers a timely analysis of the situation...The book's important contribution lies in its timeliness and descriptive strength...For readers (including this reviewer) who are having trouble in keeping track of this seemingly endless crisis, this is not a small contribution.' Pacific Affairs