International Security Studies

How Serious are North Korea’s Nuclear Threats?

CONTEXT

Apr 09, 2013

Robert Litwak on Context

The rhetoric emanating from North Korea has been alarmingly aggressive and threatening during the most recent period of rising tensions on the Korean peninsula. Some are even calling it a “crisis” of sorts, fearing that heated words could be a precursor to military confrontation. How seriously should South Korea and the United States take threats of nuclear attacks from the North? And how much do we really know about North Korea’s nuclear capabilities and ability to attack the U.S. and its allies? To explore these questions and more, we spoke with the Wilson Center’s resident expert on nuclear-powered “outlier states,” Robert Litwak.

Related Information

Robert Litwak's book, Outlier States: American Strategies to Change, Contain, or Engage Regimes

Dialogue Program, "Outlier States"

National Conversation, "Outlier States"

Experts & Staff

  • Robert S. Litwak // Vice President for Scholars and Academic Relations and Director, International Security Studies
  • Tonya Boyce // Program Assistant, International Security Studies