On Monday, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un vowed to ramp up the development of nuclear arms. A military parade in Pyongyang featured an intercontinental ballistic missile that, according to experts, can put the entire mainland US in range. The parade also included multiple giant rocket launchers and a submarine-launched
South Korean and American officials believe that North Korea’s launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) may have been a less advanced weapon than previously thought. North Korea claimed to have launched a new Hwasong-17 ICBM, however, it may have actually been the older and slightly smaller model, the Hwasong-15.
The estimate for total U.S. spending on nuclear arsenal modernization and maintenance has been increased to $494 billion over the next 10 years, increasing 23% over the 2017 estimate. This rise will likely become a point of significant debate in the next year in the relevant congressional committees, and could