Jump to search Jump to main navigation Jump to main content Jump to footer navigation

Global Security Newswire

Daily News on Nuclear, Biological & Chemical Weapons, Terrorism and Related Issues

Produced by
NationalJournal logo

North Korea's Missile Stockpile Jumps to 1,000, South Says

(Mar. 17) -Mock North Korean Scud B missiles, displayed last year at a museum in Seoul. North Korea has expanded its missile arsenal by 25 percent in the last two years, South Korea indicated today (Kim Jae-hwan/Getty Images). (Mar. 17) -Mock North Korean Scud B missiles, displayed last year at a museum in Seoul. North Korea has expanded its missile arsenal by 25 percent in the last two years, South Korea indicated today (Kim Jae-hwan/Getty Images).

In the last two years, North Korea has increased the size of its estimated missile arsenal by 25 percent to 1,000 weapons, South Korean Defense Minister Kim Tae-young asserted today (see GSN, March 9).

The North's cache of missiles includes intermediate-range ballistic missiles, Rodongs and Scuds, said a ministry spokeswoman to Agence France-Presse. In 2008, the agency believed that Pyongyang had 800 missiles.

A significant number of the missiles are fielded close to the two nations' border and are aimed at Seoul and other sites within South Korea, officials have said.

The Yonhap News Agency recently reported that Pyongyang had established a new army detachment assigned to manage deployment of medium-range missiles that are thought to be able to reach U.S. military installations in Guam and Japan.

North Korea has also carried out three test-firings of intercontinental Taepodong missiles, which are potentially meant to fly as far as Alaska (Agence France-Presse/Spacewar.com, March 17).

NTI Analysis

  • Sub-Saharan Africa 1540 Reporting

    Jan. 9, 2014

    The UNSCR 1540 implementation process in sub-Saharan Africa has been slow. As of October 2011, 26 of the 48 states in the region have submitted 1540 national reports.

  • Latin America and the Caribbean 1540 Reporting

    Nov. 8, 2013

    This report is part of a collection examining implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1540, which requires all states to implement measures aimed at preventing non-state actors from acquiring NBC weapons, related materials, and their means of delivery. It details implementation efforts in Central America, South America and the Caribbean to-date.

Country Profile

Flag of North Korea

North Korea

This article provides an overview of North Korea's historical and current policies relating to nuclear, chemical, biological and missile proliferation.

Learn More →