Experts believe North Korean nuclear plans are not going away
The topic of North Korea and nuclear arms is a hot topic, especially after threats from North Korea in March and April of nuclear attacks on American and its allies. While the threats have subsided, concerns over North Korea and its advancing nuclear weapons program is still high.
Part of the problem is the lack of regional nuclear talks. Since the last round of nuclear talks in 2008, North Korea has advanced its nuclear program by carrying out two underground atomic tests and launching several long-range rockets, National Journal reports.
"Objectively, the North Koreans are just making progress and as the North Korean program advances, I suspect that -- particularly in the U.S. and South Korea and Japan -- there is a declining confidence that we will be able to get them to bargain it away," Jeffrey Lewis, director of the East Asia Nonproliferation Program, said, according to National Journal.
These advances in North Korean nuclear arms programs show how much ground was lost in the last five years. Some experts believe the advancement in North Korea's program and its reluctance to start talks are signs showing North Korea has no plans to give up its nuclear program, National Journalreports.
The experts believe this is a ploy by North Korea to be recognized as a nuclear-armed nation, which would change how the world thinks of and interacts with North Korea. This recognition and power only makes it much less likely North Korea will be willing to give up its nuclear weapons programs.
"Part of North Korea's diplomatic strategy is working -- carving out a space where it's tacitly accepted as a nuclear weapon state," Joel Wit, editor of the website 38 North, said, according to National Journal. "To me, all of this is leading to a reality, whether we want to acknowledge it or not, that we are acquiescing to North Korea as a nuclear power."