How Kim Jong Un’s fears shape North Korea’s nuclear weapons agenda
DPRK leader claims he needs nukes to defend against US invasion, but his own people are likely a bigger concern
North Korea has ramped up the frequency and intensity of its missile launches and other provocations over the last year, continuing its nuclear weapon build-up while threatening attacks against South Korea and the U.S.
Leader Kim Jong Un now claims that he plans to put 180 tactical nuclear weapons on just one of his new types of short-range ballistic missiles. He has also announced plans for an “exponential increase” in his nuclear weapons, suggesting that his target is likely more in the 300 to 500 range, well beyond what experts had once anticipated.
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