Description - Going Critical by Joel S. Wit
Three former U.S. officials who played key roles in the first Korean nuclear
crisis trace the intense efforts that led North Korea to freeze its plutonium
production program under international inspection, while avoiding a second
Korean War. Drawing directly from internal government memorandums, cables, and notes, the authors chronicle the complex web of diplomacy that led to the 1994 Agreed Framework. A decade later, North Korea is back, claiming to possess nuclear weapons and threatening to produce even more.
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Author Biography - Joel S. Wit
Joel S. Wit is a senior fellow with the International Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He served for 15 years in the Department of State and was coordinator for the 1994 U.S.-North Korea Agreed Framework. Daniel B. Poneman is a senior fellow with the Forum for International Policy and a principal in The Scowcroft Group. He served on the National Security Council staff under Presidents George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton, including nearly four years as special assistant to the President for nonproliferation. Robert L. Gallucci is dean of Georgetown University's Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service. A career civil servant in the Department of State, he led the team that negotiated the Agreed Framework and served as assistant secretary for political-military affairs and ambassador-at-large.