A US military report claimed that North Korea has up to 60 nuclear bombs and 5,000 tonnes of chemical weapons.
In the report, titled “North Korean Tactics,” released last month, the US military said it was unlikely the country would ever abandon its stocks, adding that it was using them as a deterrent for them. country seeking regime change.
“Estimates for North Korean nuclear weapons range from 20 to 60 bombs, with the capacity to produce 6 new devices each year,” the report says, adding that other estimates suggest they could get up to 100 bombs. nuclear power by the end of 2020.
In this photo provided by the North Korean government, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attends a ruling party meeting in Pyongyang, North Korea, last Thursday.
“North Korea sought nuclear weapons because its leaders believed the threat of a nuclear attack would prevent other countries from considering regime change,” the report said.
The US military predicts that the regime has the third largest transport of chemical agents in the world, estimated to be between 2,500 and 5,000 tons. The military believes that in a conflict situation North Korea is “very likely” to use chemical artillery shells, the Yonhap News Agency reported.
The United States is also concerned that Kim Jong Un’s regime may have militarized anthrax or smallpox, noting that if affixed to a missile and launched into Seoul, a single kilogram (2.2 lb ) anthrax could kill 50,000 people.
The report also adds that North Korea has developed its cyber warfare capabilities, handling over 6,000 hackers, many of whom are based overseas.
“North Korea can successfully conduct invasive computer warfare activities from the security of its own territory,” the report said.
The United States is also concerned that Kim Jong Un’s regime may have militarized anthrax or smallpox, noting that if affixed to a missile and launched into Seoul, a single kilogram (2.2 lb ) anthrax could kill 50,000 people. (File photo of a North Korean missile launch)
“It has the distributed ability to reach targeted computers anywhere in the world, provided they are connected to the Internet.
A UN report leaked earlier this month warned that North Korea has likely developed nuclear warheads small enough to mount on its ballistic missiles.
The security services of several countries warned the UN Security Council in early August that the Hermit Kingdom had likely overcome the technical hurdle, one of the key stages in the development of a viable nuclear weapon in the long run. scope.
The countries, which were not named in the report, said North Korea continued to develop its nuclear capabilities – despite a test halt approved by Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump during now stalled nuclear negotiations.
North Korea has not tested a nuclear device or long-range missile since 2017, when it said it had finished its “bomb” run – despite international skepticism.
That year, Kim oversaw the launch of the Hwasong-15 intercontinental ballistic missile, capable of traversing the entirety of the continental United States.
The North is also believed to have tested a thermonuclear bomb at its underground test site, which was so powerful it caused the mountain above to partially collapse.
Experts warned at the time that Kim only needed to miniaturize the bomb so that it could be mounted on the missile and then develop technology to land it precisely on a target in order to have a capable weapon. to threaten the United States.
The interim report, seen by Reuters, was submitted to the 15-member UN Security Council’s North Korean sanctions committee.
“The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea is continuing its nuclear program, including the production of highly enriched uranium and the construction of an experimental light water reactor,” the report said.
“One member state considered that the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea continues to produce nuclear weapons. “