North Korea is projected by the end of 2020 to have 25 to 60 nuclear weapons, a US think tank’s report on Pyongyang’s nuclear capabilities says.
The “worst case” estimate of 60 nuclear weapons would involve the operation of the Experimental Light Water Reactor, David Albright, founder and president of the Institute for Science and International Security said.
The type of thermal-neutron nuclear reactor is located at Yongbyon, where North Korea’s major nuclear facility is located, about 90km north of Pyongyang.
This assessment by the insitute follows the move of North Korea that performed two intercontinental ballistic missile tests in July. North Korea further escalated the regional security crisis by announcing on Thursday it was completing plans by mid-August to fire four intermediate-range missiles over Japan to land near the US Pacific island territory of Guam.
Pyongyang would have produced 13 to 30 nuclear weapons by the end of 2016, the report added.
Albright speculated that by the end of 2016, North Korea would have produced 13 to 30 nuclear weapons, based on the estimates of the reclusive nation’s production and use of plutonium and weapon-grade uranium. It also may have a handful of plutonium-based warheads for its Nodong ballistic missile capable of reaching targets within a medium 1200km range, including South Korea and Japan.
North Korea has threatened to launch missile strikes on the US territory of Guam after President Donald Trump warned Pyongyang Tuesday not to make any more threats against the United States or they will "face fire and fury like the world has never seen". Pyongyangs military is "examining the operational plan" to strike areas around the US territory of Guam with medium-to-long-range strategic ballistic missiles, state-run news agency KCNA said early Wednesday local time
US is in discussions with South Korea on increasing the size of warheads on it ballistic missiles that could meet the challenges of North Korea's improved missile capability. South Korea is focusing on increasing warhead payload, rather than expanding missile range
Japan has hinted at raising defense capabiltiy, citing concern of increasing threat from North Korea and China in the country's defense review Tuesday. North Korea was cited as the main concern as Japan's Cabinet approved the 2017 Defence White Paper, two weeks after the North test-fired a second ICBM whose range could include some of the US mainland, including Los Angeles and Chicago
South Korean government has allowed electronics companies to join a weapons procurement project for the first time. South Korea plans to buy additional 90 air-to-ground Taurus-class missiles from Germany and have asked local technology firms to submit a list of products that they wish to sell to the German firm,
Shrugging off United Nations sanctions and muscle flexing by the United States, North Korea today conducted its most powerful nuclear test ever claiming it as a “complete success of a hydrogen warhead for an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).” Todays test measured 6
North Korea fired a ballistic missile from Pyongyangs Sunan area at around 6 AM today which flew some 2,700 kilometers reaching a height of 550 kilometers before falling into the northern Pacific Ocean. The test reinforced Pyongyang's claim that it possess ballistic missiles that can strike US, Japanese and South Korean targets in the near and far Pacific Ocean
North Korea has cancelled this year's Wonsan Air Show, ahead of tightened travel restrictions by several countries due to nuclear tensions with Pyongyang. The first-ever Wonsan International Friendship Air Festival was held in September last year, attracting hundreds of foreigners as the isolated North showcased a line-up of civilian and military aircraft
North Korea has hinted at the development of a new ballistic missile named Pukguksong-3 which is speculated to be an upgraded version of the land land-based solid-fuel Pukguksong-2, which Pyongyang test-fired in February. Details about the missile, such as its range and weapons payload are not clear except that it is ballistic missile based on solid-fuel and capable of carrying a nuclear warhead, presuming Pyongyang has one
The United States has commenced modernizing its Patriot missile interceptors deployed in South Korea. The 35th Air Defense Artillery Brigade of the US Army has finalized an eight-month interceptors renovation program, as a result of which old systems were replaced and modern technologies were introduced,
Latest satellite images have emerged showcasing activity at one of North Koreas submarine bases days after it threatened to carry out a missile test towards US-owned Guam. North Korean watcher Joseph Bermudez of
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