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North Korea's Nuclear Weapons Program


Yongbyon 5MWe ReactorDespite years of international condemnation, diplomacy, and pressure, North Korea has succeeded in developing a relatively small nuclear arsenal, one which is poised for further gradual expansion, in terms of both size and sophistication, in the future. This Issue Brief reviews what is known about North Korea's plutonium and highly-enriched uranium programs, as well as its efforts to weaponize the fissile material it has acquired. It also looks at North Korea's emerging nuclear posture and strategy, and the global proliferation risks its nuclear program may pose.

The full Issue Brief is available here.