North Korea has been nothing but open about its military aspirations: The country and its defiant leader, Kim Jong Un, want a nuclear weapon to place on top of an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of reaching reach the United States. While the hermit nation has for years promised to take down its enemies, those plans have largely failed.
But the North has shown no willingness to stop trying, despite harsh economic sanctions and fierce international condemnation. As former President Barack Obama warned his successor, Kim has quickly become one of the most pressing international woes of the Trump administration.
Here are 11 things you should know about the North’s nuclear aspirations, and how close they could be to reality:
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