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North Korea

North Korea Joins the Non-Prolifiration Treaty

North Korea signs the nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) but is not immediately compliant with the safeguards agreement with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Under Article III of the NPT, North Korea has 18 months to conclude such an arrangement.

In the years that follow, North Korea stalls compliance, determining that it will not comply unless the United States withdraws its nuclear weapons from South Korea.