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Hiroshima for Global Peace

36. North Korea ■Other

Nuclear Disarmament -9 Points Full Points 98 -9.2%
Change compared to the Hiroshima Report 2021:-1
North Korea reiterated to reinforce its strategic and non-strategic nuclear arsenals, and repeatedly conducted launch tests of SRBMs and hypersonic missiles. Although it has not conducted any nuclear explosion tests or long-range missile launch tests since 2018, it is considered to be continuing its activities for their development and performance enhancement. North Korea indicated its intention to utilize nuclear weapons not only for deterrence by punishment, but also as a war-fighting capability. It is likely to continue the production of fissile materials for nuclear weapons, and abstained the UNGA resolution calling for immediate commencement of FMCT negotiations. It has not signed the TPNW or the CTBT. It also 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 2021:0
No movement to denuclearize North Korea in 2021. It clearly stated that it had no intention to renounce its nuclear forces. 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. North Korea continues to engage in illicit trafficking and procurement of nuclear-related items and others through, inter alia, ship-to-ship transfers and cyber activities. It is indicated that North Korea continue to cooperate with Iran on a missile development project.
Nuclear Security -2 Points Full Points 41 -4.9%
Change compared to the Hiroshima Report 2021:0
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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