Kim declared his “nuclear war deterrence is also fully ready to mobilize.” Translation: Kim can probably order the first nuclear test since 2017 any time he wants.
The State Department warned in April that North Korea may be preparing for a nuclear weapons test. During President Trump’s denuclearization diplomacy en 2018, North Korea shut down some facilities at their Punggye-ri tunnel test site. Ahora, satellite photos – which North Korea obviously wants you to see – show a refurbished site ready for a test.
Kim is already upset about South Korea’s new government and the summer slate of U.S. military exercises with South Korea’s military so there won’t be any shortages of fake reasons for the test.
President Biden has no talent as commander in chief. sin embargo, Biden can’t afford to put North Korea on the back burner like Barack Obama did. Este es el por qué.
North Korea grew its nuclear arsenal during the Obama-Biden policy of “paciencia estratégica” and tested its biggest 140 kiloton weapon in September 2017. The best guess is that North Korea could build about 40 nuclear weapons and may have 10-20 nuclear warheads for medium-range missiles.
Kim won’t stop with a nuclear test. He longs for a no-kidding long-range missile that can reach the continental United States.
Trump’s fiery diplomacy in the summer of 2017 caused Kim Jong Un to stop nuclear and long-range missile testing after November 2017. North Korea did no tests at all in 2018. Granted, después 2019, they fired off a lot of older shorter-range missiles, and you can read all about them at the terrific Missiles of North Korea site maintained by the CSIS Missile Defense Project.
sin embargo, the crucial long-range tests needed to mate nuclear weapons to missiles that guide, survive atmospheric re-entry, and reach U.S. territory just didn’t happen, thank heavens. Stopping tests left North Korea far short of an intercontinental capability.