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(Un)Realistic Threats? DPRK's and Iran's Missile Programs

Evgeny Buzhinskiy

The beginning of 2016 was marked by growing activity of DPRK leaders in implementing their national program to develop medium- and long-range ballistic missiles. Iran, in its turn, conducted two test launches of missiles used by the national armed forces. Such activity triggered protests of the global community, first of all, of their neighboring countries and the permanent members of the United Nations Security Council. In case of North Korea, the concerns are aggravated by the fact that the country persistently continues “persuading” the global community that its nuclear program is advancing and that soon North Korea will have a thermonuclear bomb.

Lieutenant General (Ret.) Evgeny Buzhinskiy, Chairman of PIR Center’s Executive Board, and former head of the International Treaty Directorate of the Russian Defense Ministry, is skeptical about nuclear and, all the more so, thermonuclear capabilities of North Korea, believing they are largely exaggerated. Although North Korea has mastered the technology required to develop and test nuclear devices, DPRK still has no technology needed to develop nuclear warheads, believes the prominent military expert.

In this issue of Russia Confidential, Evgeny Buzhinskiy offers an insight into DPRK’s true achievements in the development of long-range ballistic missiles that can hit targets within the United States, about which the North Korean leaders have talked so much. In addition, the expert will share his opinion whether Teheran’s missile program poses any threat to the global community. 

(Un)Realistic Threats? DPRK's and Iran's Missile Programs (full text)  


RUSSIA CONFIDENTIAL, Issue № 3 (231), Volume 15. March 2016