North Korea’s nukes

What does North Korea intend to do with its nuclear weapons? There are no safe assumptions.

UN Photo: David Ohana
A street scene in Wonsan City, North Korea, in 2011.
Gwynne Dyer
Published: Friday, 05/22/2015 12:17 am EDT
Last Updated: Tuesday, 05/26/2015 6:17 pm EDT

Early this month North Korea claimed to have launched a ballistic missile from a submerged submarine. This week it announced that it can now make nuclear warheads small enough to fit on a missile. If both those claims are true, then it can now deliver a nuclear weapon on the United States, at least in theory, but there is always some doubt about North Korean claims.

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