Policy showcases DPRK’s evolution into nuclear weapons state and outlines use conditions if Kim Jong Un incapacitated
Great power discord and lack of progress on disarmament reflect broader unease about nuclear treaty beyond DPRK
Much still unknown about deployment strategy, but Kim Jong Un could delegate authority to use weapons to army units
Even artillery rockets can qualify as missiles, but South Korea has not specified range threshold for publicizing tests
Pyongyang appears to be making progress in operational training to validate mass production standards for missiles
Examining puzzling flights paths, use of Sunan launch site and state media silence after latest test of three missiles
Hypersonic vehicles, Hwasong-17 ICBMs and likely new solid fuel missile show centrality of DPRK’s modernization plan
Test launch may mark onset of dangerous new chapter in DPRK weapons development and foreshadow another nuclear test
Kim Jong Un likely one step closer to operationalizing long-range delivery vehicle for multiple nuclear warheads
Various factors may have caused catastrophic failure, but the DPRK will still learn from test to improve its designs
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