September 24, 2023

How South Korea can respond to a nuclear-armed Pyongyang

Seoul may need to take its self-defense into its own hands

North Korea carried out its fourth nuclear test in January 2016, with what it claimed was an “experimental hydrogen bomb.” In September 2017, Pyongyang conducted its sixth nuclear test, announcing that it had successfully detonated a “hydrogen bomb that can be mounted on an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).”

The device was also said to have an explosive power approximately ten times greater than that of the U.S. atomic bomb dropped over Hiroshima during the Pacific War.