Graham Allison on nuclear terrorism

Seoul not free from nuke terrorism
The Korea Times
March 14, 2012
Quoted: Graham Allison, Belfer Center director
Topic: Nuclear terrorism

“Terrorist attacks around the world have given Koreans a sense of urgency to take global measures to thwart possible strikes. Yet few people here think such an event could actually occur on Korean soil.

North Korea’s possession of nuclear weapons and repeated warnings of turning Seoul into a ‘sea of fire’ have also fallen short of making them feel threatened.

Against this backdrop, a world-renowned American scholar of terrorism warned that a terrorist attack on South Korea with conventional not to mention nuclear weapons is a constant possibility.

‘I would say it (nuclear terrorism) is not impossible,’ Graham Allison, professor at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, said in an interview with The Korea Times in Seoul, Tuesday. ‘How could a (nuclear) bomb explode in Seoul? I think it would come from North Korea or would come through a covered mechanism.’ He defined nuclear terrorism as the ‘single biggest threat to international security.’”

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Korea’s Arirang News also interviewed Allison regarding the importance of nuclear security on March 13, 2012, and he was cited in “Seoul summit to lead minimization of HEU” by Korea.net on March 15, 2012.  He also discussed the results of the Russian presidential election on WABC Radio on March 10, 2012.

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