National Interests: Priorities and Security

North Korea's nuclear issue and possible solutions through concerted efforts of Russia and China

Vol. 14, Iss. 7, JULY 2018

Received: 13 March 2018

Received in revised form: 5 April 2018

Accepted: 26 April 2018

Available online: 16 July 2018


JEL Classification: F51, F52, F53, F63

Pages: 1360–1378

Morozov Yu.V. Institute for U.S. and Canadian Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russian Federation

ORCID id: not available

Importance The nuclear missile program of North Korea calls for a focused analysis in order to identify threats to Russia and China and determine the aspects they may cooperate on so as to curb the nuclear crisis in the Korean Peninsula through concerted actions.
Objectives I analyze possibilities of North Korea's nuclear program and announcements of the North Korean officials on the situation on the Korean Peninsula, viewpoints of the Russian experts and diplomats concerning the regions and challenges the North Korean nuclear program poses to Russia and other countries. I outline areas, in which Russia and China might cooperate to rise to the challenge.
Methods The research is based on horizontal and comparative analysis of expert opinions on the North Korean nuclear program, respective issues and situation in the Korean Peninsula. I also conduct a content analysis of North Korea's military policy in the region, compare the results and challenges to Russia and China.
Results The research outlines the future development of North Korea's nuclear program and confrontation between the USA and North Korea in the Korean Peninsula. I substantiate that concerted efforts of Russia and China will be able to curb the threats, especially if supported by the UN and global community.
Conclusions and Relevance North Korea's nuclear program and its military policy in the Korean Peninsula pose serious threats to China and Russia's interests in the regions. China and Russia should cooperate on a number of issues on the basis of the UN and bilateral format, thus reinforcing their efforts.

Keywords: Korean Peninsula, nuclear missile program


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