Notes from the Field

Scott Snyder Directs CFR Task Force, Says North Korea’s Nuclear Weapons Program Must be Stopped

June 16, 2010

On June 15, The Asia Foundation’s Center for U.S.-Korea Policy director Scott Snyder, along with a “task force” composed of roughly two dozen experts, released a landmark report: U.S. Policy toward the Korean Peninsula, which emphasizes that “despite the difficulty of the challenge, the danger posed by North Korea is sufficiently severe, and the costs of inaction and acquiescence so high, that the United States and its partners must continue to press for denuclearization.” The United States cannot risk “the potential spread of nuclear weapons to rogue states, terrorist groups or others – especially in the Middle East.”

The Council on Foreign Relations Independent Task Force members – including Asia Foundation’s President Doug Bereuter and representing a wide variety of backgrounds –  concludes as tensions on the Korean peninsula rise after an international investigation found that North Korea was responsible for the sinking of the Cheonan, a South Korean warship, and warns that North Korea’s continued provocations pose a serious threat to its neighbors and that its nuclear weapons program must be stopped. Read the full report.

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