North Korea has presented the United States with some of the most vexing and persistent foreign policy challenges of the post-Cold War period. Efforts to halt North Korea’s nuclear weapons program have occupied the past three U.S. administrations. Since 2009, North Korea has rebuffed U.S. and South Korean offers to negotiate on denuclearization, despite previous commitments to do so. Particularly under its young leader Kim Jong-un, North Korea has continued to develop its nuclear and missile programs. Although the primary focus of U.S. policy toward North Korea has been the nuclear weapons program, many other issues populate the U.S. policy agenda, including Pyongyang’s missile programs, illicit activities, provocations against South Korea, and human rights violations.
Date of Report: June 25, 2015
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