ICYMI – Yonhap on North Korea’s up to 60 nuclear weapons & world’s third-largest stockpile of chemical weapons

Yonhap (South Korean media) cited a U.S. Department of the Army report, “North Korean tactics” published in July.

  • “Estimates for North Korean nuclear weapons range from 20-60 bombs, with the capability to produce 6 new devices each year” 
  • “North Korea sought nuclear weapons because its leaders thought the threat of a nuclear attack would prevent other countries from contemplating a regime change” 
ps. I am expecting something from NK today:
  • North Korea says it will convene a high level meeting on Wednesday – matter of ‘crucial significance’
Kim’s ‘Mission accomplished’ grin:
Yonhap (South Korean media) cited a U.S. Department of the Army report, "North Korean tactics" published in July. 

UN on reports that North Korea have developed nuclear warheads for ballistic missiles

Reuters siting a confidential UN sanctions monitor report they have sighted

  • North Korea continues to develop nuclear weapons program
  • Report says several countries assess North Korea has ‘probably developed miniaturized nuclear devices to fit into the warheads of its ballistic missiles’

News on escalations re NK are yen positive although the market has become a little complacent on such reports. Yen is not moving much on this report.

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