Friday, April 28, 2017

Nuclear Threat of North Korea

The New York Times released a classified intelligence report which concluded that North Korea is capable of producing a nuclear bomb every six or seven weeks as Pyongyang threatened its sixth nuclear test in 11 years. North Korea conducted its first nuclear test in 2006, and since then four others, the three last of which generated Hiroshima-size explosions. North Korea's most recent test was in September.

Experts estimate that Pyongyang could have anywhere between 20 and 100 nuclear warheads by 2020.
North Korea is estimated to possess enough plutonium to develop about 10 plutonium-based warheads. If the country is producing highly-enriched uranium, it could be creating multiple uranium based warheads annually.
There's no way to estimate at what rate North Koreans could be developing nuclear warheads or how many nukes Pyongyang really has in it's possession.

 Reports also indicate that Pyongyang has roughly 1,000 ballistic missiles in eight varieties. The Taepodong 2 missile is the biggest concern for the Pentagon.