About the Author
Bill Streifer is an American historian.
Like much of Kim Jong Un’s regime, the genesis of Pyongyang’s nuclear program is shrouded in secrecy, but accounts suggest that a former South Korean scientist named Do Sang-rok was instrumental in its beginnings.
Though nuclear activities in
“If North Korea’s claim of having conducted a nuclear test on October 9 is proven true, two questions stand out: What level of nuclear technology does the North possess, and how did North Korea, with only a per-capita gross domestic product of less than US$2,000, nurture the human capital necessary to go nuclear?”
The Hankyoreh, October 14, 2006