The North Korean Unha-3 missile fired earlier this month has a range up to 10,000 kilometres with a 500-600 kg warhead, according to South Korea which has salvaged part of the debris. This would put the US mainland in range. The DPRK remains a long way away from building a re-entry and delivery system for a nuclear weapon, but its policy appears to be clear.
The North’s leader, Kim Jong-un, is now calling for more rockets with bigger capacity. In other words, he believes the missile and nuclear programs bolster his leadership and gives North Korea the very bargaining chip that Iran is being asked to surrender.
So what happens next?