This article is a Backgrounder document produced by the US Council on Foreign Relations outlining North Korea’s military capabilities with a particular focus on unconventional weapons. The article addresses the current state and source of origin of North Korea’s current arsenal of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons, as well as their delivery platforms. The article is of relevance to strategic defense, global politics, East Asian security and counter proliferation. Readers will benefit from an enhanced understanding of the strategic implications of unconventional weapons and how this affects global security.
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