Date(s) - October 4, 2018
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Natural Resources 113
Lecture Title: “Nuclear Diplomacy with Iran and North Korea”
Abstract. In 2015, the US, China, France, Germany, Russia and the UK made a deal with Iran that would roll back and freeze its nuclear program for a decade in exchange for the lifting of nuclear-related sanctions. In May 2018, President Trump took the US out of the Iran Deal and announced that any foreign company doing business with Iran will be barred from doing business in the US. The other parties to the Deal are trying to keep it alive but it appear unlikely to succeed. If Iran reacts, as it has threatened to, by ramping up its nuclear program again, another Middle East war could result.
In the meantime, President Trump has embarked on nuclear negotiations with North Korea but the negotiations are stuck over whether North Korea moves first to denuclearize (the Trump Administration’s position) or both sides agree to start by declaring an end to the Korean War (North and South Korea’s position).
The histories of Iran’s and North Korea’s nuclear programs and the negotiations over them will be discussed as will possible paths forward and options for strengthening the nuclear nonproliferation regime.
Frank von Hippel is Senior Research Physicist and Professor of Public and International Affairs emeritus at Princeton University where, in 1975, he co-founded and co-chaired for three decades the Program on Science and Global Security. In 2006, he co-founded the International Panel on Fissile Materials and co-chaired it for its first nine years
During 1983-90, von Hippel worked with President Gorbachev’s advisor, Evgenyi Velikhov, to develop a number of successful initiatives to end nuclear testing, end the production of plutonium and highly enriched uranium for weapons, and eliminate excess weapons materials.
He has advised U.S. Administrations and Congress on nuclear security issues since the Carter Administration. During 1993-4, he served as Assistant Director for National Security in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and helped develop U.S.- Russian cooperative initiatives on nuclear threat reduction.