On October 20-22, the Stanford Center at Peking University hosted the 6th meeting in the series of Nuclear Risk Reduction Project workshops organized by Stanford University and China Arms Control and Disarmament Association and the Center for Strategic Studies of the China Academy of Engineering Physics (CAEP). The Stanford team included CISAC’s Dr. Siegfried Hecker, Elliot Serbin, Dr. Larry Brandt and Nick Hansen as well as young nuclear scientists from the UC Berkeley and Sandia National Laboratories.
The workshop was focused on the North Korean nuclear situation and provided an excellent opportunity to compare both technical and political assessments of the current state of North Korea’s nuclear program and potential paths forward. The US participants presented their research with the latest analyses of open-source imagery of the North Korea’s nuclear and missile program. The Chinese specialists provided their own analysis of the current state of the North’s nuclear facilities and their operations.
Young technical professionals on both sides exchanged their views on the challenges and potential methods for verification, an area critical for moving ahead with denuclearization of the Korean peninsula. Both sides agreed that this was an excellent area of future cooperation. It is viewed as one of the most important priorities for future meetings, along with continuing cooperation in the broader field of nuclear security.