June 03, 2020

North Korea’s “increasingly sophisticated” nuclear program threatens U.S.: DOD
Pentagon cites deterrence against North Korea in its "rationale" for U.S. nuclear arsenal

North Korea's "increasingly sophisticated" nuclear weapons and missile programs threaten the United States and its allies, the U.S. Department of Defense said in a new report published on Monday outlining Washington's "rationale" for possessing its own nuclear arsenal.

The statement comes after the DPRK conducted four rounds of missile tests in March -- its most ever in a one-month span -- and also follows Secretary of State Pompeo's recent call for the world to "remain united" in enforcing sanctions against the North, as punishment for its various weapons programs.