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Overview of North Korea's Nuclear Program

An overview of what is known about North Korea's plutonium and highly-enriched uranium programs, as well as its nuclear tests. Last updated April 24, 2014.

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Timeline of Threat Escalations on the Korean Peninsula, December 2012 to May 2013

In the months following North Korea's third nuclear test, tensions on the Korean Peninsula soared to extremely high levels, with North Korea threatening to launch nuclear strikes, the U.S. making mock bombing runs with nuclear-capable bombers, and the Inter-Korean Kaesong Industrial Complex shutting down. This timeline surveys some of the major statements and actions made by the two Koreas, the U.S., and other countries as the crisis escalated.

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An Overview of North Korea's Ballistic Missile Program

This issue brief examines the history and current status of North Korea's ballistic missile program, including a review of bilateral U.S.-DPRK missile negotiations and international responses to North Korea's missile tests. Last updated May 7, 2013.

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Profiles of Key North Korean Missiles

This issue brief includes brief descriptions of North Korea's various ballistic missiles, including their testing history, military capabilities, and deployment status. Last updated April 4, 2013.

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NCNK Issue Brief: The Northern Limit Line

A summary of the history and politics of the Northern Limit Line, the disputed maritime boundary between the two Koreas. Last updated September 29, 2011

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