North Korea appears to have resumed its nuclear weapons program. The U.S. is watching the situation closely.
Satellite imagery shows white steam rising from a nuclear plant in North Korea indicating its operating once again.
Dr. Jon Taylor head of the Political Science department at Houston’s St. Thomas University says North Korea may want nuclear weapons to deter threats from the west.
Taylor says “it makes the United States, it makes the west think twice before thinking about potentially going in and doing you know a surgical strike or something of that sort.”
He says North Korea maybe trying ensure its survival after seeing the U.S. threaten Syria with a military strike.
Taylor says “it is also what we might call regime insurance.”
But he also notes North Korea has a history of making provocative moves simply to win concessions from other countries.