Hinge Points: An Inside Look at North Korea’s Nuclear Program

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Between 2004 and 2010, Dr. Siegfried Hecker, then Director Emeritus of the Los Alamos National Laboratory and Professor at Stanford University, made seven trips to North Korea to explore ways to reduce the danger posed by Pyongyang’s advancing nuclear weapons program.


Exchanging views with North Korean officials

Exchanging views with the North Korean officials, 2008.

To complement the story narrated in Hinge Points: An Inside Look at North Korea’s Nuclear Program (Stanford University Press, 2023), this website draws on Dr. Hecker’s personal archive of trip materials as well as on his indefatigable outreach over the years to inform policy-makers and educate the public on the facts and choices related to North Korea’s nuclear weapons program.

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Ground view of Yongbyon nuclear reactor site. (Reuters)

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