North Korea’s prime motive for devel- oping and possessing nuclear weapons is probably regime security. Leader Kim Jong-Il’s rationale would be that absent weapons of mass destruction (WMD), the international community would find some way to dismantle a repressive, autocratic regime that is completely out of phase with twenty-first-century norms. Authors Helen Purkitt and Stephen Burgess argue in their analysis of South Africa’s weapons of mass destruction programs that in the latter part of the twentieth century
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