The North Korean Nuclear ArsenalBy Mark B. Schneider
The year 2021 has seen a number of important official statements concerning North Korean nuclear weapons development. In May 2021, General Paul LaCamera, when nominated to be the next commander of U.S. forces in South Korea, stated, “In January of this year, [North Korean leader] Kim Jong-un announced plans and programs to expand its nuclear deterrent, specifically, the development of miniaturized nuclear warheads, tactical nuclear weapons, and even multiple independently-targetable reentry vehicles.” The fact that he cited this statement gives it credibility. In April 2021, Major General Michael J. Lutton, Commander, Twentieth Air Force, Air Force Global Strike Command, stated that:Specifically, Russia, China, and North Korea share five themes in foreign nuclear development and proliferation:
Increasing numbers or capabilities of weapons in existing programs; Enduring security threats to weapons and material; Developing delivery systems with increased capabilities; Developing nuclear...