North Korea missile test raises concerns over nation’s arsenal
Mahmoud Bennett: Just hours after President Bidenended his trip to asia – North Korea tested out their ballistic missile system.
Sothe un put forth a resolution to sanction them – but China and Russia shot it down.
It seems that every week we’re hearing another story about a new threat – but what does North Korea’s weapons arsenal actually look like?
As of January, North Korea had a reported 40-50 nuclear warheads. that’s according to the arms control association
In perspective – that number is a tiny fraction of the combined total of the U.S. and Russia which control about 90% of the world’s nuclear warheads.
When it comes to long-range missiles – North Korea says they can reach the u.s.
What they claim to have tested is the HWASONG-17 – something analysts call the ‘Monster Missile’ – which can reportedly fly longer and higher than any other missile the North has ever tested.
And then there’s chemical weapons – estimates say the north could have between 2500 to 5000 tonnes of it. potentially one of the largest stockpiles in the world.
While Pyongyang’s weaponry has grown a lot in recent years – secrecy is on their side and makes it hard to assess the full power of North Korea.