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North Korea's Aggressive Rhetoric Builds


On the 30th of March 2013, North Korea formally declared that it was entering a "state of war" with South Korea. These tensions have continued to heighten with the North announcing its intentions to restart a nuclear reactor and bar South Korean workers from the shared Kaesong industrial zone.

The Lowy Institute has a strong record of analysis on the region’s strategic tangle, bringing clarity to the confusing picture of a looming conflict on the Korean Peninsula. 

The Institute’s International Security Program has produced in-depth research on the dilemmas surrounding nuclear weapons in North Asia. With support from the Nuclear Security Project of the Nuclear Threat Initiative, program director Rory Medcalf has led consultations among regional experts culminating in the 2012 volume Disarming Doubt: The Future of Extended Nuclear Deterrence in East Asia and building on his earlier analysis Wicked Weapons: North Asia’s Nuclear Tangle.

East Asia Program Director Linda Jakobson, Military Fellow James Brown and Interpreter Editor Sam Roggeveen also provide acute observations on the region’s geopolitics and the prospects for the North Korean regime.