As previously been said on this matter, sanctions will not stop, but rather accelerate the development of the North Korean missile program, since the external pressure is perceived by Pyongyang as the best proof that he does everything right and only the possession of nuclear weapons and methods of delivery are reliable guarantees to the DPRK against attack by the US and South Korea.
He noted that the success made in the current test marked a great event of historic significance as it declared a new birth of the Juche-based rocket industry which has radically turned into a development-and creation-oriented industry both in name and in reality by completely doing away with dogmatism, conservatism and formalism left in the field of rocket industry and the dependence on the technology of other countries.
The statement said, ‘The Korean People’s Army will reduce the bases of aggression and provocation to ashes with its invincible Hwasong rockets tipped with nuclear warheads and reliably defend the security of the country and its people’s happiness in case the U.S. and the south Korean puppet forces fire even a single bullet at the territory of the DPRK.’
American Military planners are beginning to consider the unthinkable — a first-strike targeting North Korea’s nuclear facilities
In 2016, North Korea’s nuclear weapons program shifted in an important way, from developing a nuclear capability in the abstract to deploying a nuclear-armed force of ballistic missiles. North Korea conducted an unprecedented number of missile tests and conducted two nuclear explosions. A new 3D model of North Korea’s nuclear test site suggests many more may be on the way.
Several items of computer equipment have been among other items dumped outside the North Korean embassy in Kuala Lumpur, which has since come under the media spotlight following the murder case of Kim Jong-nam.
The continued tunneling under Mt. Mantap via the North Portal has the potential for allowing North Korea to support additional underground nuclear tests of significantly higher explosive yields, perhaps up to 282 kilotons (or just above a quarter of a megaton).