Ankit Panda is the Stanton Senior Fellow in the Nuclear Policy Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and editor-at-large at The Diplomat. Follow him on Twitter.
A lack of broader policy change shows DPRK that more military modernization may be only way to change status quo with US
Miniaturizing warhead to fit on cruise missiles is technical challenge DPRK will likely try to overcome in nuclear tests
‘New’ midrange missile and range of other weapons shown in state media underscore DPRK’s tremendous nuclear ambitions
Missile range is sensitive to payload changes, which may explain why presumed Hwasong-12 flew 800 km farther than before
New Panel of Experts report probes DPRK claims about tactical nuclear missile, says nuke test site ready at short notice
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
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