SLAC Colloquium Series

SLAC Colloquium Series


Colloquium Detail

The North Korean Nuclear Puzzle

Date: 4/18/2011

Dr. Siegfried Hecker
Stanford University

Dr. Siegfried Hecker seventh trip to North Korea in seven years produced a big surprise - North Korea decided to build its own light-water reactor and uranium enrichment facility. During his first visit he was shown plutonium produced in its Yongbyon nuclear complex to convince him they had the bomb. For more than 30 years, Pyongyang has moved along parallel paths of nuclear energy and nuclear weapons, opting to choose bombs over electricity. Dr. Hecker will discuss how North Korea got the bomb, why it got it, and the prospects of whether or not it will give up the bomb. Finally, he will try to show with photos and stories of how North Korea is not such a hermit kingdom after all.

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