Jon Brook Wolfsthal email interview: 1) I understand that the tensions during the Cold War, the Korean

peninsula was divided in half by the U.S. and Soviet Union. Why did they divide, and did the Korean peninsula have nuclear weapons then? At the end of World War 2, the peninsula was divided after the defeat of Japan. In 195o, North Korea troops invaded the South and sparked the Korean war. The war ended in a stale mate, dividing the peninsula to this day. You can find a basic summary of the conflict on the wikipedia page at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Korean_War 2) What kind of nuclear threat does North Korea have on the world today? North Korea possess a small arsenal of nuclear weapons and the capabilities continues to grow. Western intelligence agencies believe they may possess as many as 12 nuclear weapons, while the uNited States today has about 7000. You can get good information about their program at the NTI page here: http://www.nti.org/country-profiles/north-korea/ 3) In 2002, President George W. Bush denounced North Korea as part of the “axis of evil” along with Iran and Iraq. What other nations are included? Is it in place today? What nuclear threat do these nations have on the world today? The line "axis of evil" was a line in a speech, and not a real strategy. The three countries included at the time were North Korea, Iran and Iraq. The current government does not use that set of words.