Reflections

Why Weak States Test Powerful Weapons

Mar 10, 2016 | 02:06 GMT
A news report on North Korea's first hydrogen bomb test at a railroad station in Seoul on January 6, 2016.
A news report on North Korea's first hydrogen bomb test at a railroad station in Seoul on January 6, 2016.
(JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images)

If the international community routinely condemns the pursuit of strategic weapons such as ballistic missiles, not to mention the nuclear warheads they can carry, then why do so many countries insist on pursuing them? It's a question worth asking, and to answer it, we need only look at Iran and North Korea, relatively weak states that have both been pretty provocative of late....

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