SAN FRANCISCO — A new nuclear weapon that could be used in a nuclear war could be on its way to South Korea.
It’s part of the North’s “new, more aggressive” threat strategy and comes amid the U.S. and South Korea’s tense diplomatic and military standoff.
The North’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs are seen as the most important threat to the U, South and Japan, as well as the region, and North Korea is believed to have enough material for up to 100 warheads.
South Korea has said it is taking steps to beef up its defenses against nuclear attacks, but the North has responded by building more of its nuclear arsenal, which analysts say is the most sophisticated in the world.
Analysts say the North is seeking a nuclear strike that would disable the U., South Korea and Japan.
Experts said North Korea’s new nuclear weapons program is much more sophisticated than previous versions and has advanced to include a miniaturized warhead, according to South Korean officials.
“It is a new development, which may cause serious problems for the U and South Korean governments,” South Korean President Moon Jae-in said in a statement Sunday.
Moon’s comments followed a U.N. Security Council resolution that said North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s regime would be held to account for any nuclear attacks against the U or South.