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Development and Implications of North Korea's Tactical Nuclear Weapons

  • Korea and Global Affairs
  • Abbr : KGA
  • 2021, 5(6), pp.383-402
  • DOI : 10.22718/kga.2021.5.6.014
  • Publisher : Korea Institute of Politics and Society
  • Research Area : Interdisciplinary Studies > Interdisciplinary Research
  • Received : November 10, 2021
  • Accepted : November 28, 2021
  • Published : December 29, 2021

Park, Jae-wan 1 Sim, Yun-seob 2

1국민대학교
2숭실대학교

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ABSTRACT

The purpose of this study is to investigate the progress of North Korea's development of tactical nuclear weapons and its implications for South Korea. North Korea is continuously developing its nuclear capabilities and delivery means to advance its nuclear capabilities and develop tactical nuclear weapons. The most important of nuclear capabilities are nuclear materials such as WGPu, HEU, and tritium and various delivery means. In addition, in order to improve the capability of delivery means are continuously being tested. North Korea's nuclear development stage goes beyond the de facto nuclear weapons state and enters the stage of nuclear strategic operation and nuclear force modernization that can actually operate nuclear weapons, establishing an offensive nuclear posture, and strategically such as coercion to change the status quo. It is expected that the Korean Peninsula will use an active war strategy as well as a strategy of affirmative retaliation. A new response strategy is required for this.

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