Supplemental Materials

Conflict on the Korean Peninsula: North Korea and the Nuclear Threat

North Korea with nuclear weapons is one of the most pressing issues facing the international community today. The Choices Program has developed a new Current Issues Lesson to help students better understand the domestic and international issues around North Korea's nuclear weapons program. Below are some additional resources on this topic.

Multimedia Suggested in the Lesson

"North Korea's Future"
from 101 East - Al Jazeera English


Additional Videos

Field Trip to the DMZ–Wide Angle
This nine-minute video is about North Korean teenagers living in South Korea and the challenges that they face. The episode aired in 2009.

Depth of Field–Associated Press News
AP’s David Guttenfelder talks about photgraphing life in North Korea.

A State of Mind–Wide Angle
Linked on this site (about halfway down the page) are five short clips from this 2003 Wide Angle episode about life in North Korea.

Crossing Heaven’s Border–Wide Angle
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.

People & Power—North Korea–Al Jazeera
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.

Highlights from North Korea: The Road Ahead–Center for Strategic International Studies
This short video highlights expert opinions on the recent discovery of a new, sophisticated nuclear facility in North Korea.

Web Links

North Korea–Global Voices
This website reports on blogs, images, videos, and other forms of citizen media from around the world

The North Korean Challenge–New York Times
This interactive map details major events in the history of the North Korean nuclear program from 1993 to the present.

Inside North Korea–BBC News Special Report
This site has links to articles, slideshows, and background analysis, as well as video and audio resources on the topic.

AP Interactive: Obama urges North Korea to pursue peace
The interactive section entitled “The Myth” may be particularly helpful and interesting.

Crisis Guide: The Korean Peninsula–Council on Foreign Relations
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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