In 2016, North Korea’s nuclear weapons program shifted from developing a nuclear capability in the abstract to deploying a nuclear-armed force of ballistic missiles. North Korea conducted an unprecedented number of missile tests and conducted two nuclear explosions. And a new 3D model of North Korea’s nuclear test site suggests many more may be on the way. Learn more in a new article from Center for Nonproliferation Studies experts, Jeffrey Lewis and Nathan Taylor.This year was very active for the North Korean missile and nuclear programs. The country conducted 24 missile launches and two nuclear tests, a record number on both accounts. The authors constructed a 3D replica of the country's underground nuclear test site at Mount Mantap and from this were able to deduce that it is built and well poised for further testing, which are expected in 2017. The authors were also able to see the striking similarities between this site and the P-Tunnel at the Nevada Nuclear Test Site where the U.S. conducted its nuclear tests.
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Want to know more about North Korea’s missile and nuclear programs?
NTI and CNS have extensive resources for reporters and analysts looking for background information on North Korea’s nuclear weapons and missile programs. Check out these links for more information:
- A First Glimpse of North Korea's Elusive ER Scud, Analysis by Jeffrey Lewis and 3D model, plus B-Roll
- Overview of North Korea WMD Programs and facilities
- Overview of North Korea’s nuclear weapons program
- Overview of North Korea's ballistic missile program and 3D models of North Korea's ballistic missiles
- Interactive Map of North Korea’s nuclear-related facilities
- 3D Models of Nuclear and Missile Facilities
- B-Roll of Nuclear and Missile Facilities
B-Roll footage is free to use with the following attribution: “Created by the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies for the Nuclear Threat Initiative.”