North Korea makes headway on 5-year weapons wishlist as midpoint nears
Kim Jong Un may seek to accelerate development of subs, drones and ‘super-large’ nuclear warheads in near future
North Korea is approaching the halfway point of a five-year military development plan Kim Jong Un unveiled in early 2021.
The leader detailed a wishlist of 12 specific capabilities he wanted his country to possess by 2026, and NK Pro analysis reveals that substantial progress has been made toward about half the items on this list including tactical nuclear weapons and hypersonic missiles.
But Pyongyang has not disclosed its progress on nuclear submarines, combat drones and other weapons goals the leader has laid out, suggesting Kim has many more cards to play as tensions ramp up with Washington
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