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4 J. Korean L. 201 (2004-2005)
A Regional Solution for Human Rights and the End of Weapons of Mass Destruction in North Korea

handle is hein.journals/jkorl4 and id is 407 raw text is: Journal of Korean Law, Vol. 4, No.2, 2005

A Regional Solution for Human Rights
and the End of Weapons of Mass Destruction in
North Korea
Grace M. Kang *
Since October of 2002, the international community has been focused solely on resolving the issue of
North Korea's pursuit of nuclear weapons capability, despite other significant threats posed by the
reclusive regime. These problems include North Korea's probable possession of one of the world's
largest chemical weapons arsenals, its biological weapons capability, its trade in missiles and illegal
goods, its potential linkage to terrorists, and its horrendous human rights violations.
A comprehensive solution to the threats posed by the DPRK is necessary for achieving true security.
Linkage of various issues, including human security and economic benefits, should be utilized to
achieve progress. This solution should incorporate existing legal conventions to create an architecture
of standards for achieving security. Broadening the scope of negotiations also provides more
opportunities for cooperation on economic, scientific, and educational issues. East Asian states should
seize the opportunity to find common ground and create a permanent security structure for the region.
Resolving the DPRK problem within this context would improve the prospects for a more sustainable
* J.D. Visiting Assistant Professor, Seoul National University.

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