Should we fear North Korea?

Panel discussions

On 15 March 2016 the WMD project of the International Law and Policy Institute (ILPI) organized a panel debate on North Korea and its nuclear weapon programme.

Kulturhuset, Oslo — 15.03.2016

Question from the floor during the panel debate. Photo: Hanne Veel (ILPI).

The debate was moderated by journalist Stig Arild Pettersen. The panel consisted of Halvor Kippe (FFI), Sverre Lodgaard (NUPI), and Gro Nystuen (ILPI).

Kippe spoke about the technical aspects of the North Korean nuclear programme, including its missile technology and miniaturization research. Lodgaard focused on the situation in the region from a geopolitical standpoint, and on the behaviour and rationality of the North Korean regime. Nystuen concentrated on the international law regulating nuclear weapons and how the law applies in the case of North Korea, including the status of the relevant UN Security Council resolutions.

The panellists all viewed the development in North Korea as worrying, noting that any new state becoming nuclear is a setback for nuclear disarmament worldwide.

Download the recording from the event in full here.