North Korea reveal: Why Kim Jong-Un needs nuclear weapons to survive

He is the author of several books including Tripwire: Korea and US Foreign Policy in a Changed World. The idea of South Korea expanding its nuclear artillery is backed by many of its citizens. Mr Bandow suggested a South Korean warhead would also help constrain China.

In recent weeks, North Korea has still been ramping up tensions between the two countries.

It has threatened military action against its Southern counterpart after North Korean defectors sent anti-Kim Jong-Un propaganda leaflets across the border.

This isn’t being viewed as unusual behaviour from the two sides.

Animosity on the Korean peninsula goes back to just after World War 2 and how The Kim family dynasty emerged from its Soviet occupation.

It was built back in 2018, and its destruction a few weeks ago has been treated as a way of North Korea trying to cut all forms of communication off with the South.

However, according to Daily NK Kim Yo-Jong’s rhetoric is only a means of her trying to prove the Kim regime that she is a worthy successor to her brother.

The Pentagon report “Nuclear Deterrence: America’s Foundation and Backstop for National Defense” lumps North Korea (and nukes-Iran) together with Russia and China as justifying the U.S. nuclear arsenal.

Pyongyang’s tests, notes the Pentagon report “pose a threat to the U.S. homeland and our allies”.

The DPRK is modest nuclear power, with an estimated 20 to 30 warheads.

The regime itself only produces enough nuclear material for up to 12 weapons annually.

Drew Walter, U.S. deputy assistant secretary of defence for nuclear matters, admitted as much last month, saying that North Korea is “not yet on the scale of some of our other nuclear-armed potential adversaries.”

So, he said, “I don’t foresee very exquisite new capabilities to deter North Korea in that sense.”

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