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North Korea nuclear weapons and may have 20 in arsenal

North Korea could have enough atomic material to build between 30 and 60 nuclear weapons - and may have already assembled 20 warheads, top scientists have warned.
Kim Jong-un's regime is aggressively pursuing a nuclear weapons programme with the aim of building a warhead capable of striking far-away targets such as the US mainland.
Atomic scientists have warned it is "only a matter of time" - perhaps a year or two - before North Korea has a fully functioning nuclear arsenal.
North Korea's effort to build a nuclear missile has shown considerable progress through recent test-launches which suggest the US and Europe may be within range.
The country claims it has built a nuclear warhead small enough to fit into a missile, but there are still doubts whether Pyongyang could successfully launch a long-range weapon. 

The report found that North Korea's ICBMs are not yet operational, as one type might have limited capability and up to four other types are being developed.
The latest test in November was the largest and longest-range missile yet. The Hwasong-15 (KN-22) reached 2,800 miles in height and flew about 600 miles before crashing into the Sea of Japan.
It appeared to have a potential range of 8,000 miles, potentially putting all of the US within range.
As for the rest of Kim's arsenal, the scientists warned that his operational close-range and short-range ballistic missiles might have chemical warheads, in addition to conventional warheads.
Tensions have been at a high following the North's nuclear and missile tests - carried out despite UN sanctions - and a war of words between Kim and US President Donald Trump recently.
Delegates from Pyongyang and Seoul met on Tuesday to discuss North Korea's participation in next month's Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.
Pyongyang's chief negotiator, Ri Son Gwon, said: "All our weapons, including atomic bombs, hydrogen bombs and ballistic missiles are only aimed at the United States, not our brother, nor China and Russia."

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