Mounting Tension on the Korean Peninsula

Introduction

The strategic situation on the Korean Peninsula is highly tense mainly because of the nuclear and missile tests conducted by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) in the past three months. On 6 January, DPRK tested a nuclear hydrogen bomb. This hydrogen bomb was hundreds of times more powerful than the atomic bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima in 1945. This was fourth nuclear test conducted by the DPRK since 2006. It announced its capability of devising miniature hydrogen bombs. On 7 February, the DPRK launched a satellite called Kwangmyongsong-4 in the orbit for obtaining scientific and information data. On 21 March a short-range missile was launched. On 9 April it launched long-range ballistic missiles with a capacity of carrying more powerful nuclear warheads to hit Washington, New York, and Miami.

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