About


The following is an electronic archive of materials related to the DPRK’s nuclear history and surrounding events.

John Stuart Mill once famously stated that "He who knows only his own side of the case knows little of that". In that spirit, this archive serves two purposes. First, it puts in one place a vast collection of related documents that previously were located in many different locations. Second, it chronologically presents core primary resources to assist students, researchers and practioners in their study of nuclear diplomacy on the Korean Peninsula. Importantly, while the archive includes materials from other Parties, the primary goal of this collection of documents is to provide a North Korean perspective on the nuclear disarmament issue to further disseminate knowledge on the complex web of relationships that dictate the progress of the Talks, on the assumption that the more people know about a problem the more successful they will be in negotiating a solution to it.

Please note that not every document relating to the DPRK's nuclear history is contained in the archive. The included documents have been selected due to their significance.

The Curator


The archive is curated and maintained by Cale Davis. He holds a Masters of Laws in Advanced Studies in Public International Law with a Specialisation in International Criminal Law from the Univeristy of Leiden, the Netherlands, and a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Bachelor of International Relations. He is currently an Adjunct Tutor in International Relations at Bond University, Australia.

Using the Archive


The archive is nothing more than a really big table. It is constructed chronologically. This allows the reader to peruse the DPRK’s nuclear history as if they were reading a book. As everything is in chronological order, reading the archive from beginning to end will be similar to reading a story. For users of the archive seeking to gain a full understanding of the DPRK’s nuclear history, reading the entire archive in order is strongly recommended.

The second column of the table is the document's title. It might have been given another title by its original author, but because some of these titles run on for multiple lines, I have given otherwise confusingly-named documents titles that are more easy to understand. Sometimes you will also see a comment in red underneath the title - this denotes something special about the document that would not otherwise have been apparent through the title.

In the third column, you will find the source of the document. There are some Wikileaks documents in the database and the authenticity of these should naturally be treated with caution, but to my knowledge none touch on the core substance of the nuclear debate.

The fourth column is a link to the PDF of the original document, to allow the archive to still work even if the original hyperlink from the original source changes.

The fifth column contains the citation for the document in the style of the 3rd Edition of the Australian Guide to Legal Citation.

Copyright and Plagiarism


All citations have been placed through TurnItIn.

All documents remain copyright of their original authors. The archive curator makes no claim to the documents. This archive has been compiled for academic purposes and should not be used for official purposes without the user taking appropriate steps to verify the accuracy of the documents contained within.

While steps have been taken to verify the authenticity of all documents contained in the archive, the curator takes no responsibility for any loss or damage arising out of the use of the archive or documents contained within.

If the original author of a document seeks to have their document/s removed from the archive, they need to contact Cale Davis. His email address is at the bottom of the page.

Missing Documents


The DPRK’s nuclear history spans decades. I do not expect that every single document about their history will be contained in the archive! However, if you do find a missing document and can provide me with a link to it, please let me know and I will add it to the archive.
Curated by Cale Davis [contact[at symbol]caledavis[full stop]com]. Created October 2011, last updated 19 June 2013.