Why is North Korea’s nuclear weapons program such a concern?
Third edition. February 2013.

With North Korea’s latest nuclear test and heightened tensions along the South Korean border, the eyes of the world are on the Korean Peninsula. In the curriculum Conflict on the Korean Peninsula: North Korea and the Nuclear Threat students explore the history of the conflict between North and South Korea and the development of North Korea’s nuclear program. With this historical understanding, students consider the issues surrounding the international response to the North Korean nuclear threat.


North Korea and the International Community

Students step into the shoes of delegates to the six-party talks to consider a variety of perspectives on this issue.

Four Options for U.S. Policy Towards North Korea

Students consider four different options for U.S. policy towards North Korea. Ultimately, students construct a policy option rooted in their values and knowledge of the issue.

Supplemental Resources

Additional reference material for added context and support.

from 101 East - Al Jazeera English
This nine-minute video is about North Korean teenagers living in South Korea and the challenges that they face. The episode aired in 2009.
Linked on this site (about halfway down the page) are five short clips from this 2003 Wide Angle episode about life in North Korea.
This 2009 Wide Angle episode (fifty-seven minutes) is about defectors from North Korea who cross the border into China. One of the supplemental videos—“A North Korean Defector Speaks”—is particularly good and is seven minutes long.
This twenty–three minute video shows a day in the life of one family in North Korea. Note: The sound quality in this video is somewhat poor.
This short video highlights expert opinions on the recent discovery of a new, sophisticated nuclear facility in North Korea.
This website reports on blogs, images, videos, and other forms of citizen media from around the world
This interactive map details major events in the history of the North Korean nuclear program from 1993 to the present.
This site has links to articles, slideshows, and background analysis, as well as video and audio resources on the topic.
The interactive section entitled “The Myth” may be particularly helpful and interesting.
This highly interactive resource provides information about North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs, economy, and military, as well as information about the six-party countries and historical background.
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