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Revisions to the "North Korea Sanctions Enforcement Act"

May 28, 2014

On May 29, the House Foreign Affairs Committee will hold a markup for H.R. 1771, the North Korea Sanctions Enforcement Act. The markup and subsequent Committee vote will be the first steps for the legislation to make it through Committee for consideration on the House floor.

Rep. Royce plans to introduce substitute legislation at the markup, which would remove some of the bill’s more unilateral sanctions provisions and grant more flexibility to the executive branch in implementing, waiving, or suspending sanctions. A summary of this legislation, including notes on how it differs from the original bill, is available here

Summary of HR 1771, "North Korea Sanctions Enforcement Act"

May 14, 2014

This NCNK issue brief summarizes the provisions of the North Korea Sanctions Enforcement Act, introduced into the House of Representatives by Rep. Ed Royce in April of last year. While the legislation has not advanced out of committee since its introduction, Rep. Royce recently indicated that the House Foreign Affairs Committee plans to consider it soon.

The summary is available here.

NCNK Issue Brief on North Korea's Nuclear Weapons Program: Revised and Updated

April 24, 2014

NCNK has released an updated version of its issue brief on North Korea's nuclear weapons program, which includes a concise overview of the country's plutonium production, its uranium enrichment program, and previous nuclear tests.

The issue brief is available here.

U.S. Policy towards North Korea: Strategic Shaping and Interim Steps to Denuclearization

February 26, 2014

Today, the National Security Network and the National Committee on North Korea released the paper, “U.S. Policy towards North Korea: Strategic Shaping and Interim Steps to Denuclearization.” The paper’s release coincided with an event on Capitol Hill featuring Ambassador Christopher Hill, NSN Executive Director John Bradshaw, and NCNK Executive Director Karin Lee. An executive summary of the paper is available here.

To read the full report, click here

New NCNK Issue Brief on Special Economic Zones in North Korea

January 14, 2014

For over twenty years, North Korea has periodically attempted to bolster its economy through the creation of SEZs, starting with the establishment of the Rason Special Economic Zone in the far northeast of the country in 1991. The two Koreas have also established two joint economic zones in the North, the Kaesong Industrial Complex (KIC) and the Mount Kumgang Tourist Region (where operations are now suspended). All of North Korea’s SEZs established to date have been enclaves, attracting investment and foreign currency but not spurring greater economic growth in the rest of the country through the establishment of linkages or through a “demonstration effect” leading to more effective economic policies elsewhere. This issue brief covers the history and recent upsurge of interest in special economic zones (SEZ) in the DPRK.


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Who We Are

The National Committee is a non-partisan coalition of individuals with extensive and complementary knowledge of and direct experience related to the society, economy, government, and history of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

We are a diverse group. A number of members served as diplomats in some of the landmark U.S.-DPRK negotiations. Some have authored major books on the history, society, and security of the Korean Peninsula. Other members have worked in virtually all parts of North Korea, and on issues related to the country's current economic, humanitarian, refugee, and medical crises. Some of our experience reaches back to the era of the Korean War. Most have extensive contacts in the Republic of Korea, China, Japan, and Russia related to the Korean Peninsula. While the National Committee on North Korea is non-governmental, several of the members have worked in official positions and have ongoing ties with current or past administrations and with the United States Congress.

The idea to form a National Committee on North Korea originated during The Musgrove III Conference held in mid-May 2004, which was attended by many of the founding committee members. The first meeting was held on November 4, 2004.