US Draft Resolution Estimates N. Korean Capacity to Produce 21 Nuclear Bombs

Write : 2016-07-14 10:39:01 Update : 2016-07-14 16:26:58

US Draft Resolution Estimates N. Korean Capacity to Produce 21 Nuclear Bombs

The U.S. Congress will vote on a resolution containing an updated assessment of North Korea’s enhanced ability to produce nuclear weapons.

Radio Free Asia(RFA) Thursday quoted House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce as saying that his committee will put House Resolution(H.Res.) 634 up for a vote at a general meeting.

The resolution, which reaffirms the importance of trilateral coordination among South Korea, U.S. and Japan to counter North Korea’s nuclear proliferation, assesses that Pyongyang is equipped with an ability to produce as many as 21 nuclear weapons.

The U.S. congress previously presumed the North was capable of producing ten to 16 nuclear weapons, but has revised the numbers to between 13 and 21.

The resolution also assesses that the advanced U.S. missile defense system, Terminal High Altitude Area Defense(THAAD), which was announced to be deployed in South Korea, will significantly enhance the Seoul-Washington alliance’s ability to respond to the North’s missile attacks.

Introduced by House Representative Matt Salmon, the resolution was adopted by the House Foreign Affairs Committee on July sixth. 

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