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Lesson Plan October 9, 2017

Nuclear Security: Different Approaches with North Korea and China

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  1. Of the countries from Question 1 in the Introduction, which ones have nuclear weapons and which just have reactors that use HEU fuel?
  2. Why is the U.S. government concerned about North Korea having nuclear weapons?
  3. What argument does the North Korean government use to justify the creation of nuclear weapons?
  4. What are the different policies and strategies the U.S. and North Korea used to communicate and show strength since the end of the Korean War.
  5. Make a chart that shows each policy and its pros, cons, and outcomes according to Osnos’ reporting.
  6. How has the political landscape in each country impacted policy related to North Korea’s development of nuclear weapons?
  7. What are the current policies and positions of the North Korean and United States governments about nuclear weapons in North Korea?
  8. In the United States, is there political consensus on policy towards North Korea?
  9. The U.S. is not just concerned about North Korea possessing nuclear weapons. What other issues and countries impact American nuclear security?
  10. How long have U.S. scientists been trying to reduce the use of highly enriched uranium in nuclear reactors? Why?
  11. What role do Chinese nuclear scientists play in the effort to secure HEU?
  12. How did U.S. politics impact this relationship?
  13. What event led to an increase demand for HEU control and why?
  14. What is the current relationship between U.S. and Chinese scientists who work on converting reactors?
  15. What is the position of the United States government on the importance and impact of the conversion effort?
  16. Why is cooperation necessary? Could U.S. or Chinese scientists do this by themselves or without the cooperation of their governments?
  17. How else are the two countries cooperating on international nuclear security?
  18. Are there still problems or areas of weakness in the non-proliferation relationship?
  19. Does North Korea play a role in the politics of the U.S.-China nuclear security collaboration and, if yes, what is that role?
  20. Do you think it is possible for the United States and China to come to an agreement with North Korea on the enrichment of HEU? How?

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