US institute: NKorea nuke arsenal set to multiply
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US institute: NKorea nuke arsenal set to multiply

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. researchers say North Korea could increase its nuclear arsenal from at least 10 weapons today to between 20 and 100 weapons in five years.

That is based on projections made by American experts on weapons technology and the experience of nuclear programs of countries such as Israel, Pakistan, India and China. The U.S.-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies presented the findings Tuesday.

It comes as the U.S. and South Korea begin annual military drills that have angered North Korea, and as U.S. lawmakers push legislation that would tighten sanctions intended to restrict leader Kim Jong Un’s access to the international banking system.

Secretary of State John Kerry said Tuesday the U.S. will keep working with allies to pressure Pyongyang to denuclearize.