“The North Koreans’s development of nuclear weapons is eventually aimed at the eventual reunification of the Korean peninsula,” said Yun Sun, a senior associate at the Stimson Center who is an expert on China and North Korea.
With that strategic goal in mind, the particulars of North Korea’s nuclear development begin to make more sense.Sponsored Ads
North Korea would not need intercontinental ballistic missiles to strike South Korea, whose capital sits just 35 miles from their shared border. Pyongyang has had the ability to detonate nuclear devices in Seoul via short- and medium-range ballistic missiles for years. There’s also reason to question the wisdom of nuking a proud, democratic city of 25 million people before attempting to rule it.