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How North Korea Shocked the Nuclear Experts

August 26, 2017
By Nicholas L Miller and Vipin Narang

North Korea was never supposed to get the bomb. For decades, the United States and international community have worked hard to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons; we’ve put in place a series of increasingly strong policies built on what we know, or what we think we know, about how countries manage to construct their own bombs. Yet North Korea successfully defied these efforts, raising a question that has long been debated by experts: Just what does it take for a country to become a nuclear power, and how can we stop it from happening?
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