This Paper speculates on what the author considers the likely scenario of North Korea's acquiring a rudimentary nuclear weapons capability. He proposes that such acquisition be a major regional planning assumption underpinning U.S. policy and that options be developed to respond to it, while at the same time plans should attempt to prevent North Korea from acquiring nuclear weapons. He lays out four regional security alternatives in response to North Korea becoming a nuclear power. Some of the policy options under these alternatives include the reintroduction of U.S. nuclear weapons in the region to head off a nuclear arms race among regional powers.
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