While the international community rightly focuses on the problems facing the region and the wider world after the Fukushima nuclear disaster, something equally as bad could happen at anytime just north of the border as a new report shows North Korea has the worst nuclear security conditions in the world.
Nuclear Threat Initiative, a U.S.-based think tank, ranked North Korea's Nuclear Materials Security Index at 30 points out of 1-hundred, the lowest among 25 countries that hold weapons-usable nuclear materials.
The index measures the quantity and sites of nuclear materials, global norms and domestic commitments of countries with more than one kilogram of highly enriched uranium and plutonium.
Among the factors evaluated, North Korea ranked the lowest in the categories of voluntary commitments, safeguards adherence and compliance.
The NTI said that the North's lack of information regarding nuclear activity was the main reason behind the country's low scores.
The organization also added it could improve its scores if the country signs and ratifies international agreements and shows initiative in international nuclear security.
Overall, nuclear material security improved worldwide.
Seven states including Hungary, Mexico and Ukraine began completely removing most or all of its weapons-usable nuclear materials in 2012.
The report comes ahead of the Nuclear Security Summit to be held in March in The Hague.
Australia topped the list followed by Canada and Switzerland, while India and Iran ranked 23rd and 24th respectively.
Connie Kim, Arirang News.