Preparations for a nuclear test by North Korea might be underway for the first time since 2017, U.S. intelligence agencies concluded in their annual threat assessment.
North Korea responded to U.S.-South Korean military exercises by conducting several missile launches, including a new sea-launched cruise missile.
The reality of dealing with a nuclear North Korea for the long term has reinvigorated the nuclear ambitions of its southern neighbor.
In response to South Korean president Yoon Suk Yeol's remarks today, board chair Thomas Countryman said the costs and risks of nuclear weapons in South Korea would outweigh, by far, any perceived benefit.
In a Jan. 1 speech, leader Kim Jong Un said North Korea will mass-produce tactical nuclear warheads and develop a new intercontinental ballistic missile.
The Nov. 2 drill involved the launch of more than 20 systems in response to South Korean-U.S. military exercises as tensions on the Korean peninsula continue to escalate.
Pyongyang has launched more missile tests in 2022 than any year since 2011.
Remarks by Daryl G. Kimball
Catholic Korea Peace Forum
Catholic University of America
October 5, 2022*
*(This presentation has been corrected and updated on Oct. 20, 2022)
The new law exacerbated tensions between North Korea and South Korea.
The United States and Russia agree to language supporting arms control talks on a successor to New START at the 10th review conference for the NPT. Moscow temporarily pauses New START on-site inspections. Washington sees no possibility of imminent Russian nuclear use.
After the tit-for-tat missile tests, there are signs North Korea may be preparing a nuclear test.
Yoon Suk Yeol pledged to help strengthen the North Korean economy if Pyongyang denuclearizes.
Hostile words are flying as North Korea advances its nuclear weapons capabilities.
What North Korea claimed was a successful test of its newest, most powerful intercontinental ballistic missile may be exaggerated.
The newly-identified base for launching intercontinental ballistic missiles is viewed as a sign of North Korea’s expanding military capabilities.