30 Sep '16, 11pm

The nuclear threat to Japan from North Korea

In July, the United States and South Korean governments were able to finally come to an agreement on the deployment of Thaad in South Korea. The agreement to deploy the US Terminal High Altitude Area Defence, an anti-missile defence system, was a telltale sign of how much relations between the North and the South have deteriorated. Some argue that South Korea would never have agreed to Thaad had relations with North Korea not been so terrible. North Korea's nuclear test on Sept 9, its fifth so far, served as a bold act of defiance following South Korea's agreement with the US to deploy Thaad on the peninsula. North Korea claims that the latest warhead - believed to be twice as powerful as the previous nuclear warhead tested - can be mounted on a missile. North Korea's nuclear and missile programmes have both demonstrated alarming advancements in the past five years. Such u...

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