Less than 1 aircraft carrier? The cost of North Korea's nukes
WHERE DOES IT GET THE MONEY?
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By: Eric Talmadge, The Associated Press, July 20, 2017
PYONGYANG, North Korea — When North Korea decided to go nuclear, it committed to a huge investment in a program that would bring severe sanctions and eat up precious resources that could have been spent boosting the nation's quality of life.
Money well spent?
Leader Kim Jong Un seems to think so.
According to CNN, US intelligence has indicated that North Korea is making preparations for another intercontinental ballistic missile or intermediate range missile test. Officials say, US satellites have detected new imagery and satellite-based radar emissions indicating that North Korea may be preparing to test components and missile control facilities for another ICBM or intermediate launch. The US is watching in particular for further testing of North Korean radars and communications that could be used in a launch. The next test launch would be the first since North Korea successfully launched an ICBM on July 4.
North Korea's nuclear and missile development programs have without doubt come at a high cost, but the North has managed to march ever closer to having an arsenal capable of attacking targets in the region and — as demonstrated by its July 4 test launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile — the United States' mainland.
Good, solid figures for just about anything in North Korea are hard to find. So what follows should be taken as ballpark guesses, at best.
But here's a look at how much that arsenal might cost the North