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North Korea Conducts Fifth Nuclear Test, Says Nuclear Warheads Could Have Global Reach

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This undated picture released from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on January 12, 2014 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (front L) inspecting the command of Korean People's Army (KPA) Unit 534. (Photo: KNS/AFP/Getty Images)

On Friday, North Korea reported carrying out its fifth and biggest nuclear test, sparking concern throughout Asia and the rest of the world. South Korea accused the North’s leader of “maniacal recklessness,” and the U.S. warned it might impose new sanctions. The test is the country’s second in 2016 alone, with experts noting that North Korea’s nuclear program has become more advanced since it first claimed to have nuclear weapons over a decade ago. We discuss the recent test and the status of North Korea’s nuclear capabilities.


David Kang, professor of International Relations & director of the Korean Studies Institute, University of Southern California

Philip Yun, executive director & chief operating officer, Ploughshares Fund


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