North Korea could have up to 40 nuclear weapons by the end of the year
North Korea could have up to 40 nuclear weapons by the end of the year, the peace research institute warns
- North Korea has continued to develop nuclear weapons, even while researchers & # 39; denuclearization & # 39; discuss with the US
- It was thought that the recluse had 20-30 weapons at the beginning of the year
- But Kim Jong-un probably collected 40 of the weapons at the end of 2019
- Kim says he wants to resume nuclear talks with Donald Trump as soon as possible
North Korea could have built 40 nuclear weapons by the end of the year – a dozen more than Kim Jong-un had this time last year, researchers claim.
Dan Smith, from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, said his research shows that Kim has not stopped developing the weapons despite & # 39; denuclearization & # 39; conversations with the US.
Donald Trump met Kim for the last time to discuss the possibility of giving up his nuclear weapons in Vietnam in February, but the talks got stuck after North Korea demanded immediate relief from US sanctions in exchange for only partial steps towards disarmament.
Kim Jong-un could have built up to 40 nuclear bombs by the end of the year, researchers say, meaning he continued to build weapons despite talks with the US
Researchers from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute say that North Korea had between 20 and 30 nuclear bombs last year and has since built about a dozen more (stock)
Earlier this month, Kim said he wanted to resume the talks as quickly as possible, otherwise he would walk away from the negotiating table.
In the meantime, he has started testing short-range missiles and missiles that were interrupted during the talks.
However, he has not yet tested long-range weapons that have fueled a word war with Trump in which the US president boasted that his nuclear button & # 39; was then Kim's.
Mr. Smith, speaking against Chosun Ilbo at the Swedish ambassador in Seoul, his research said that both parties should make clear what exactly & # 39; denuclearization & # 39; means.
& # 39; The definition of denuclearization is a major problem that needs to be worked out & # 39; because it's not just a & # 39; technical & # 39; issue, but also a very & # 39; political & # 39; issue, he said.
Kim Jong-un said he wants to resume nuclear talks with Donald Trump as soon as possible after the US president walked away from the negotiating table in Vietnam this February
While those in Washington & # 39; denuclearization & # 39; have conceived as something similar to & # 39; disarm & & # 39; – meaning Kim will destroy his nuclear arsenal – North Korea has never shown that it agrees with this definition.
Instead, the country has indicated that it wants the complete removal of all nuclear weapons from the Korean Peninsula – including US nuclear weapons.
Achieving that goal would probably mean that US troops withdraw from South Korea and Guam.
North Korea had managed to negotiate joint military exercises in South Korea and the US, which, according to rehearsals for an invasion, although restarted earlier in the year despite Kim's protests.
It is also thought that Kim wants security guarantees for his regime, which has ruled North Korea with an iron fist since the end of the Korean War in 1953.
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