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April 11, 2022

Pyongyang’s Momentum

Moving its Nuclear Weapons and Missile Programs Forward

Despite economic hardships and total isolation, Pyongyang continues developing and modernizing its nuclear weapons program by expanding its capacity to produce fissile materials and grow its materials stockpile, as well as boosting the diversity of its short- to theatre-range delivery systems, and pursuing its newest ICBM.

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This image, released on March 25, 2022, by the North Korean Official News Service (KCNA), shows North Korean leader Kim Jong Un overseeing the test launch of a new type of Hwasongpho-17 inter-continental ballistic missile.
This image, released on March 25, 2022, by the North Korean Official News Service (KCNA), shows North Korean leader Kim Jong Un overseeing the test launch of a new type of Hwasongpho-17 inter-continental ballistic missile.
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This commentary is based on input delivered to the Northeast Asia Security Symposium organized by Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP) Tokyo on 28 March 2022. The author would like to thank Julian Gluck, Byron Muhlenberg, and Lauren Power for the opportunity to discuss North Korea’s nuclear modernization. 

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This text was first published by CSIS PONI on April 4, 2022

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