August 19, 2020
A US military report has claimed that North Korea has up to 60 nuclear bombs and 5,000 tons of chemical weapons.
In the report, entitled ‘North Korean tactics’, which was published last month, the US Army said it was unlikely the country would ever give up its stockpile, adding it uses them as a deterrent to countries seeking regime change.
‘Estimates for North Korean nuclear weapons range from 20-60 bombs, with the capability to produce 6 new devices each year,’ the report states, adding that other estimates suggest they could obtain up to 100 nuclear bombs by the end of 2020.
‘North Korea sought nuclear weapons because its leaders thought the threat of a nuclear attack would prevent other countries from contemplating a regime change,’ according to the report.
The US army predicts the regime possesses the third-largest haul of chemical agents, globally, which it estimates at between 2,500-5,000 tons. The army believes that in a conflict situation, it’s ‘highly likely’ that North Korea would use chemical artillery shells, Yonhap News Agency reported.
The US is also concerned that Kim Jong Un’s regime may have weaponised anthrax or smallpox, noting that if affixed to a missile and launched at Seoul, just one kilogram (2.2lb) of anthrax could kill 50,000 people.
The report also adds that North Korea has developed it cyber warfare abilities, managing over 6,000 hackers, many of whom are based overseas.
‘North Korea can successfully conduct invasive computer warfare activities from the safety of its own territory,’ the report said.
This article was posted: Wednesday, August 19, 2020 at 3:03 am