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Jacob Fromer is NK News's Washington DC correspondent. He previously worked in the U.S. Senate.
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.