FAS issue briefs provide the public and policymakers with a concise overview of a specific, current security threat. Past issue briefs have examined topics such as Iran’s enrichment of uranium, sanctions in North Korea and regulation of Japan’s nuclear power program post- Fukushima.
The 2011 accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant was preventable. The Great East Japan earthquake and the tsunami that followed it were unprecedented events in recent history, but they were not altogether unforeseeable.
A country with few natural resources, first Japan began to develop nuclear power technologies in 1954. Nuclear energy assisted with Japanese economic …
The international responses to Iranian and North Korean proliferation bear many similarities, particularly in the use of economic sanctions as a central tool of policy. This issue brief contains an comparative analysis of U.S. policy toward Iran and North Korea.