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The 25 April 2022 military parade of the DPRK again demonstrated the will of the DPRK to execute its 2021-2025 weapon development plan. Kim Jong Un’s parade speech also signaled that the DPRK’s nuclear strategy is gradually shifting from strategic deterrence to battlefield use.
Increasing Nuclear Risk on the Korean Peninsula: the DPRK's Pursuit of Tactical Nuclear War-Fighting Capabilities
The new-type ballistic missile test on 16 April 2022 is the latest indicator that the DPRK is gradually shifting towards a nuclear war-fighting strategy. In this context, the danger of an unintended nuclear war may be on the rise.
In previous publications dated 28 March and 6 April 2022, ONN reported on developments observed at the DPRK’s Punggye-ri nuclear weapon test site and assessed that the DPRK had continued to advance work to restore Tunnel 3–a previously existing but yet unused tunnel–for use in a potential nuclear weapon test.