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US-DPRK: The Second Phase of the Nuclear Crisis, or “Who Started What”


November 26, 2017
By Konstantin Asmolov

The accepted American version of the story about the start of the second phase of the nuclear crisis, and which is customary for audiences of non-Korea experts, usually goes something like this: “in 2003, against the background of the success of the American army in Iraq, North Korea announced that it possessed nuclear weapons”, and then removed the seals from its nuclear reactor, withdrew from the NPT and expelled IAEA officials from the country.
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