AUTHORWing, Christine / Simpson, Fiona
TITLEDetect, Dismantle, Disarm: IAEA Verification, 1992-2005
PUBLISHERUnited States Institute of Peace Press
CITYWashington, DC

This book presents a nontechnical account of the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) investigations of the nuclear weapons programs of Iraq, South Africa, Libya, and the Democratic Peoples’ Republic of Korea (DPRK). The discussion includes organizational, historical, political, and technical aspects affecting each country's compliance, concluding that differing circumstances require that the IAEA be flexible in its response. In the first three countries, the IAEA’s role was to verify that the nation’s nuclear programs had been dismantled and that routine monitoring was established. The DPRK proved to be a more difficult challenge. As of 2005, the IAEA had not completed its assignment to verify that the DPRK’s 1992 safeguard declaration was correct and complete. Separate chapters address the history of nuclear weapons programs in each country, the IAEA’s role in inspection and verification of dismantlement, and the lessons learned. A final chapter presents the authors’ conclusions and indicates continuing challenges posed by the nuclear weapons programs of the DPRK and Iran.

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