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Nuclear North Korea

This article examines whether North Korea now poses any less of a menacing threat to its neighbours and if full denuclearization can be achieved.

After months of intense negotiations and delicate diplomacy, North Korea confirmed in July 2007 that it had finally shut down the reactor, Yongbyon, at the heart of its atomic weapons programme, as well as four other facilities. These included one that made nuclear fuel and another that extracted bomb-usable plutonium from spent reactor fuel-rods. Much to the relief and encouragement of the six nations involved in finding a peaceful resolution to the North Korean nuclear

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