Senior Fellow Steven Pifer, director of the Arms Control Initiative at Brookings, says that more attention needs to be paid to arms control in the 2012 U.S. presidential election, since it is an opportunity to make Americans safer and to advance American security. Since the U.S. and Russia signed the New START treaty in 2011, Pifer says that arms control implementation is going smoothly, but that there are still challenges, in particular with regard to missile defense and further reductions in warheads.
21st Century Security Forum: The National Defense Strategy and its global impact
The specific language North Korea is using to describe denuclearization is an old phrase, and anybody who has dealt with Pyongyang understands what it means. Kim [Jong Un] has no intention of giving up the nuclear weapons his regime has struggled and sacrificed so much to build. Kim Jong Un has conducted more nuclear tests than his father and is more determined than his father or his grandfather to make nuclear weapons a pillar of the regime's survival strategy.