North Korea’s Accessibility to Nuclear Weapons

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There has been major tension between the US and North Korea since the Cold War, however it’s recently been escalating further. For over 50 years we have been in a silent war, because of the US involvement in the Korean War.
North Korea has been issuing daily threats towards us and South Korea. “In one of the boldest warnings, the North said it could carry out pre-emptive nuclear strikes against the United States,” The New York Times said.
Although it is likely they have these weapons, it is unlikely these threats will be played out unless provoked. If they were played out it is said by many analysts that they will not be able to reach the United States mainland.
Recently, North Korea has been testing their nuclear missiles in order to produce long-range missiles. “A recent assessment by the Pentagon’s Defense Intelligence Agency has concluded with “moderate confidence” that the North now knows how to make a nuclear device small enough to be delivered by a ballistic missile,” said The New York Times.
The big question is, “Why are they doing this?”
“Because the United States led the successful push for sanctions at the United Nations to punish North Korea for its nuclear test in February, its third,” The New York Times said. The North is also threatened by our relationship with the South and our military training with them.
The United Nations Security Council has asked North Korea to stop their production of nuclear weapons for the safety of the world and prevention of nuclear war. Many countries signed to a treaty called the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, saying that the production of nuclear weapons is illegal for these said countries. North Korea did in fact sign this treaty but withdrew in 2003.
“On January 10, 2003, North Korea announced that it was withdrawing from the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT), effective immediately, and that its withdrawal from the NPT left it free from the binding force of its Safeguards Agreement with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA),” said the American Society of International Law.
If something is not done soon, North Korea will continue to test them and possibly use them against another nation in the near future.
http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2013/04/12/world/asia/north-korea-questions.html?_r=0
https://www.asil.org/insights/volume/8/issue/2/north-koreas-withdrawal-nuclear-nonproliferation-treaty

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