AUTHORChang, Gordon G.
TITLENuclear Showdown: North Korea Takes On the World
PUBLISHERRandom House, Inc.
CITYNew York, NY
DATE PUBLISHED2006
ISBN1-4000-6294-2


This book examines North Korea’s (DPRK) nuclear ambitions in view of the crisis that began in 2002 when North Korea admitted to having a secret nuclear program. The author first reviews the country's history since the end of World War II and describes how the United States, which according to the author has made many mistakes in its handling of North Korea, has tried to halt the North Korean nuclear program in the past, including via the Agreed Framework of 1994. After reviewing the possible status of North Korea’s nuclear program as of 2005, the author examines the possibility of Kim Jong Il’s regime collapsing from within. He then devotes separate chapters to Japan, China, and South Korea to explain the policies and attitudes of those nations toward a nuclear-armed North Korea. In conclusion, the author points out that the United States cannot forcibly disarm every country with nuclear ambitious, but instead it must move towards nuclear disarmament itself to create the international momentum needed. The book contains many quotations from officials on both sides of the Pacific. The author, Gordon G. Chang, is a lawyer who lived and worked in China and an author, and should not be confused with Gordon H. Chang, a history professor at Stanford University.


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