The U.S. Army believes North Korea has 20-60 nuclear weapons, the capacity to create six new bombs each year and a stockpile of as much as 5,000 tons of 20 different chemical weapons.
The assessment, made in the Army’s report “North Korean Tactics” published in July, added it does not believe the Pyongyang government will ever surrender the weapons in order to maintain its survival, the South Korean Yonhap news agency reported Tuesday.
“North Korea sought nuclear weapons because its leaders thought the threat of a nuclear attack would prevent other countries from contemplating a regime change,” the report reads. “External powers intervened in Libya when the domestic revolts began in 2011. The Kim family does not want something similar to happen in North Korea.”
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