UN report confirms status of North Korea's nuclear weapons

Amy Langley, Chief International Officer

16 Aug 2020

A recent confidential report from an expert panel for the UN Sanctions Committee for North Korea has concluded that the country can now miniaturise nuclear warheads to be put onto missiles.

The report, released on Monday the 3rd of August, states that North Korea has "probably developed miniaturized nuclear devices to fit onto the warheads of its ballistic missiles". This conclusion comes after assessment of Pyongyang's continuing production of nuclear weapons and their tests from 2006-2017, which facilitated the development. Typically, in the circles of UN Expert Panel Reports, China and Russia downplay North Korea's capabilities; however, the evidence of North Korea's strides in nuclear technology is virtually undeniable given the agreement between all participants in the report.

North Korea's nuclear capabilities come as no surprise to the US, which has stated since 2015 that their nuclear neighbour could miniaturise warheads, with some even small enough to fit onto missiles that can target South Korea and Japan.

Continuous advances of North Korea in nuclear weaponry are worrying for the international community, sparking concern over how to avoid Pyongyang expanding and stockpiling warheads, particularly given the advances in their miniaturisation and thereby their expanded possible use.

Read more about the report in this Reuters article: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-northkorea-sanctions-un/north-korea-has-probably-developed-nuclear-devices-to-fit-ballistic-missiles-un-report-says-idUSKCN24Z2PO.

For further information on the sanctions committee, check out this page: https://www.un.org/securitycouncil/sanctions/1718.