How ‘isolated’ North Korea managed to build an ICBM that could reach Alaska
North Korea is an isolated country, a place where most citizens do not have access to the Internet or the means to travel abroad.
In 2010, the New York Times described the country as a “hermit kingdom” so poor that there is almost no supply of concrete, brick or glass. People suffering from rice shortages, gasoline and even underwear. ”
And yet. He was able to extend his weapons technology at an incredible rate. Earlier this week, the test launched an intercontinental ballistic missile, according to experts, it could have reached Alaska. How has the great advances in Northern armament have made the experts consider a few years at best?
The answer: North Korea is developing its experience in nuclear weapons systems for decades.
It has a connection with well-trained engineers and scientists and an extensive international financial network that provides both the raw materials needed and funding a billion-dollar weapons development program. And nothing is lost that Kim Jung Un has made nuclear weapons a high priority program, directing his entire land to achieve this goal.
“When you have a strategic line, a unique approach to nuclear and economic development, and you are able to politically mobilize and a whole state infrastructure for this purpose, it offers a great potential boost,” said Scott A.
Snyder, an expert in North Korea and a senior student at the Council on Foreign Relations. “That’s what Kim Jung One did.”
North Korea launched its missiles in 1980. Early development program, its strategy was to buy old Soviet third-party missiles, such as Egypt and Syria, said John Schilling, an expert in the aerospace industry and expert North Korea contributing 38 North, one Website dedicated to events related to North Korea.
Once the North Korean missile engineers were old, they invest so they can produce their own copies.
In addition, the country imported an experience, says Schilling. As the Soviet Union approached collapse, North Korea has carried out Russian engineers who were not paid at home. They have led Pyongyang to work directly on North Korea’s programs and to train North Korea.
North Korea also had relations with Iran and Pakistan, Schilling said. “At first, they seem to have been one-way affairs – North Korea has sold missiles to Iran to use in its war against Iraq and Pakistan (or at least AQ Khan) has sold nuclear technology to North Korea,” he wrote In an email.
“But as the three countries have developed their skills, it has become a more egalitarian society with information and technology flowing between the three nations.”
(Abdul Qadeer Khan is the founder of Pakistan’s uranium enrichment program and has been accused of contributing to the proliferation of nuclear weapons in other countries.)
At first, these efforts have resulted in trials and many errors. No more. Today, the regime is “far more effective and efficient” to produce weapons internally, said Ken Gause, a North Korean expert at the Naval Analysis Center. “Do not make the same mistakes again.”
In fact, Schilling said they are especially capable of building their rockets internally. “They still need to import components and specialized components, especially electronics, but it’s mostly on the black or gray market,” he wrote.
And this is not difficult. “It does not have to be done on a large scale, and it does not need the active cooperation of others, so it would be very difficult to stop,” he said.