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North Korea's Nuclear and Ballistic Missile Program

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Technical Report

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Library of Congress Washington United States

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North Korea has made recent advancements in its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs. Since Kim Jong-un came to power in 2012, North Korea has conducted over 80 ballistic missile test launches. In 2016, North Korea conducted 2 nuclear weapons tests and 26 ballistic missile flight tests on a variety of platforms. In 2017, North Korea test launched 18 ballistic missiles with 5 failures, including 2 launches in July and another in November that many ascribe as ICBM tests intercontinental ballistic missiles. Most recently, North Korea tested short-range ballistic missiles on May 4 and 9. It last conducted a nuclear test in September 2017. In April 2018, Kim Jong Un said that nuclear and ICBM testing was no longer necessary. U.N. Security Council resolutions ban all ballistic missile tests by the DPRK.

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  • Government and Political Science
  • Guided Missiles

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