With a growing nuclear capacity and an ever increasing number of weapons tests, are North Korea becoming a likely candidate for being the instigator of a nuclear war?
Following North Korea’s rocket launch, CNN’s Tom Foreman takes a look at how far a missile could possibly reach.
North Korea has threatened to carry out “indiscriminate nuclear strikes” against South Korea and the mainland US.
North Korea’s National Defense Commission said the army will launch what it called a pre-emptive nuclear strike of justice. The threat came hours before the start of large-scale joint military drills by Seoul and Washington which are now underway. The Commission described the annual South Korea-US military exercises as undisguised nuclear war drills that threaten the North’s national sovereignty. Days earlier, Pyongyang placed its nuclear arsenal on standby after the United Nations Security Council imposed tougher new sanctions against the country. The sanctions followed the North’s fourth nuclear test in January and a long-range rocket launch in last month.