Source: Al Jazeera, May 5
…North Korea seems to be pursuing the development of its nuclear weapons capability on its own, while no country is known to supply the country with nuclear weapons.
In the parade of April 15, North Korea has shown off its nuclear weapons and says it has carried out five nuclear tests since 2006.
As of 2017, experts believe it is still likely to take some years for North Korea to indigenously perfect the capability to launch strikes with nuclear warheads on its neighbours.
North Korea has said it is capable of mounting a nuclear warhead on a ballistic missile, but its claims to be able to miniaturise a nuclear device have never been independently verified.
On April 29, North Korea launched an unsuccessful missile test, believed to be the fourth failed missile test since March.
North Korea has a rich source of fissile material, both plutonium from its Yongbyon nuclear reactor and highly enriched uranium from other sites, US-based researchers claim.
North Korea’s Yongbyon nuclear facility was built in 1965 with help from Soviet engineers.
The Soviet Union and China have denied supplying North Korea with nuclear weapons, or helping it to build them.
China has fought alongside the North Koreans in the 1953 Korean War, but being interested in the political stability of the region, it says it strongly opposes North Korea’s nuclear weapons programme.
India and Pakistan have been accused of connections to North Korea’s nuclear programme….