North Korea and weapons of mass destruction

North Korea has a military nuclear weapons program[7] and, as of early 2020, is estimated to have an arsenal of approximately 30 to 40 nuclear weapons and sufficient production of fissile material for six to seven nuclear weapons per year.[8] North Korea has also stockpiled a significant quantity of chemical and biological weapons. In 2003, North Korea withdrew from the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT).[9] Since 2006, the country has been conducting a series of six nuclear tests at increasing levels of expertise, prompting the imposition of sanctions.[10]

Democratic People's Republic of Korea
First nuclear weapon testOctober 9, 2006
First thermonuclear weapon testSeptember 3, 2017[1]
Last nuclear testSeptember 3, 2017
Largest yield test
Total tests6
Current strategic arsenal40 weapons (estimate)[4][5]
Maximum missile range13,000 km (8,100 mi) Hwasong-15[6][lower-alpha 2]
NPT partyNot a member (withdrew in 2003)

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