NELSON INSTITUTE DIRECTOR COMMENTS ON NORTH KOREAN NUCLEAR TEST

October 9, 2006

HARRISONBURG—In a commentary today for the national security resource Family Security Matters, Dr. J. Peter Pham, Director of the Nelson Institute for International and Public Affairs at James Madison University, comments on the significance of the North Korean nuclear test.

According to Dr. Pham, “the fact that Kim Jong-Il has set off a bomb is not itself significant…What is significant is that now we know it for sure and our intelligence agencies are undoubtedly able to better gage the quality and strength of his armaments—and thus the threat which North Korea actually poses to us.” Hence, he argues, “the explosion destroyed the strategic ambiguity that had been the Kim family dictatorship’s principal stock of trade.”

Dr. Pham is a contributing editor of Family Security Matters, which tries to provide national security and foreign affairs information in an accessible format in order to increase civic participation and political responsibility.

Dr. Pham’s essay, entitled “The Significance of the ‘Dear Leader’ Testing His Nuke,” can be accessed by clicking here.