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12 Things You Should Know About North Korea's Secret Nuclear Program

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21/04/2017 12:51 AM AEST | Updated 06/07/2017 8:54 AM AEST

North Korea has been nothing but open about its military aspirations: The country and its defiant leader, Kim Jong Un, want a nuclear weapon to place on top of an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of reaching the United States. While the hermit nation has for years promised to take down its enemies, those plans have largely failed.

But the North has shown no willingness to stop trying, despite harsh economic sanctions and fierce international condemnation. As former President Barack Obama warned his successor, Kim has quickly become one of the most pressing international woes of the Trump administration.

Here are 12 things you should know about the North’s nuclear aspirations, and how close they could be to reality:

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