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Hiroshima for Global Peace

36. North Korea ■Other

Nuclear Disarmament -8 Points Full Points 98 -8.2%
Change compared to the Hiroshima Report 2020: -2.5
Since the end of 2019, North Korea repeatedly stated its continuing possession of nuclear weapons and reinforcement of its nuclear deterrent. It also stated the possibility of preemptive attack with nuclear weapon. In addition, it announced the withdrawal of the suspension of nuclear test explosions and flight tests of long-range ballistic missiles. North Korea has not conducted such tests since 2018. However, it continues their development. In October 2020, new ICBMs and SLBMs came out at a military parade. It is considered to continue the production of HEU for weapons. It has not signed the TPNW or the CTBT. It opposed to the UNGA Resolution calling earlier entry into force of the CTBT.
Nuclear Non-Proliferation 0 Points Full Points 61 0.0%
Change compared to the Hiroshima Report 2020: 0
In 2020, no movement to denuclearize North Korea. Nor did the U.S.-North Korea Summit was convened. North Korea, which declared to withdraw from the NPT in 2003, ignores or reneges on most of the nuclear-related treaties, agreements, obligations and norms. It is reported to actively engage in illicit transfers, including the smuggling of refined petroleum, and procurements of nuclear and missile-related items. Iran and North Korea reportedly resume cooperation on a long-range missile project.
Nuclear Security -2 Points Full Points 41 -4.9%
Change compared to the Hiroshima Report 2020: 0
North Korea has not ratified any of the conventions relevant to nuclear security. There continue to be no information made available by North Korea on its nuclear security efforts. Therefore, the status of its nuclear security remains to be unknown.
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