North Korea sees its nuclear program as essential to regime survival, serving to deter a U.S.-led invasion. Decades of , and diplomacy have done little to to becoming a self-declared nuclear state.
The Kim Jong Un regime recently returned to major weapons tests, conducting on March 24. It had refrained from such activity for more than four years. The latest ICBM test was bigger and more powerful, than anything Pyongyang had showcased before. It eclipsed of the Kim regime’s Hwasong-15 ICBM—a test that demonstrated how, for the first time, the Kim regime had a long-range missile capable of reaching the U.S. mainland.