Nukes, missiles and satellites: What to make of North Korea’s plenum outcome
Kim Jong Un’s confrontational stance toward Seoul raises risk of limited inter-Korean conflict in year ahead
North Korea’s latest party plenum wrapped up on Saturday, with state media releasing detailed information about discussions and decisions from the multi-day event on Sunday.
The plenum’s outcome once again replaced leader Kim Jong Un’s traditional New Year’s speech and offered DPRK watchers a view into military, foreign policy and economy-related goals for the year ahead.
Kim’s pledge to “exponentially increase” the North Korea’s nuclear weapons stockpile, develop another new intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) and launch the first military reconnaissance satellite naturally attracted attention. But these pledges weren’t
- 01North Korea’s new silo-based missile raises risk of prompt preemptive strikes
- 02Why normalizing US-North Korea relations is a prerequisite for denuclearization
- 03North Korean planes active at Pyongyang airport hours after runway missile test
- 04North Korea using US-ROK drills as cover to carry out missile tests, experts say
- 05State media review: North Korea says rusty American bombs threaten capital
- 06Why the US might not actually try to shoot down a North Korean ICBM over Pacific
- 07Huge swath of Pyongyang under construction after state mobilized young people
- 08How North Korea’s submarine-launched cruise missiles ratchet up risk of conflict