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Regional Peace Building: The Korean Peninsula and North-east Asia

10 June 2010, Centre for Asian Pacific Studies, Lingnan University

Korea Nuclear Crisis and the Changing Sino-DPRK Relations
Cai Jian
Associate Professor and Deputy Director of Center for Korean Studies, Fudan University

The first Korea nuclear crisis had broken out in 1992 and had been eased up with the signing of Framework agreement by U.S. and DPRK in 1994, but when North Korea violated the Framework Agreement, the second Korea nuclear crisis broke out in 2002 and reached a climax when DPRK conducted its first nuclear test on Oct. 9, 2006. With all the efforts made by the international community the murky crisis has eased up in the past three years. But on April 5, 2009, DPRK launched another so-called satellite or a long-range missile, when the international community condemned its activity. As usual DPRK retreated from the Six-party talks for a restart-up the frozen nuclear facilities. Furthermore, on May 25, 2009, DPRK conducted its second nuclear test. The Korea nuclear crisis once again caught the world’s critical gaze. There are too many questions that haunt peoples’ minds; for what purpose would DPRK do that? How does this act force consequences on the related countries? Nevertheless, the most important thing which concerns the international community is how to cope with the DPRK’s nuclear crisis. This paper focuses on the motive and purpose of DPRK’s nuclear test and will analyze how the nuclear test affects the Sino-DPRK relations.

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