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Possibility of North Korean Denuclearization: Using PMESII System Analysis to Determine the Conditions North Korea Would Agree to Denuclearize

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[Technical Report, Master's Thesis]

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U.S. Army Command and General Staff College

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The 2016 United States National Security Strategy defines North Korea a rogue actor with the nuclear capability to reach South Korea, Japan, and the United States from coast to coast. Past negotiations have been unsuccessful in understanding the necessary conditions, for North Korea to denuclearize. This paper seeks to understand the conditions that North Korea would be more likely to agree to denuclearize through examining what previously enticed North Korea to conduct nuclear negotiations with the United States, the power or influence North Korea gains from nuclear capability as well as the PMESII factors that led North Korea to pursue nuclear weapons in the first place. This thesis uses qualitative research methods to include content analysis, case studies, and comparative analysis. Through case studies the thesis will study why countries in the past conceded their nuclear capability and the terms involved. Using comparative analysis, the study will seek to understand the unique challenges to North Korean denuclearization.


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  • Nuclear Warfare
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
  • Government and Political Science

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[A, Approved For Public Release]