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The Path Not Taken, The Way Still Open: Denuclearizing The Korean Peninsula And Northeast Asia

Hayes, Peter and Hamel-Green, Michael (2009) The Path Not Taken, The Way Still Open: Denuclearizing The Korean Peninsula And Northeast Asia. Asia-Pacific journal: Japan Focus. ISSN 1557-4660

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Abstract

A Korean Nuclear Weapons Free Zone (WFZ) may be a necessary condition to achieving the full denuclearization of Korea. As well as providing benefits to the United States in preventing a major direct and wider proliferation threat from North Korea, and to China, Japan and South Korea in maintaining stability in the Northeast Asian Region, it would also serve to address North Korean security concerns about potential US nuclear strikes. The two Koreas have already negotiated a legal basis for a Korean Nuclear Weapon Free Zone in the form of the 1992 Joint Declaration on the Denuclearization of the Korea Peninsula. This could form the basis of a NWFZ covering the peninsula. Alternatively, the ROK and Japan could create a Japan Korea NWFZ via a bilateral treaty. This article assesses the prospects for the creation of a NWFZ in the present international climate.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: ResPubID19335. NWFZ, Nuclear Wapons Fee Zone, Korean Peninsula, Norheast Asia
Subjects: Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Education
FOR Classification > 2002 Cultural Studies
Depositing User: VUIR
Date Deposited: 28 Nov 2011 23:42
Last Modified: 28 Nov 2011 23:42
URI: http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/4332
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