As world leaders converge in Washington to discuss the growing nuclear threat, North Korea fires a missile on April 1. The April Fool's missile launch begs the question, how effective is the world's nuclear deterrence? If a country like North Korea were to answer the question, the answer would be: Nuclear deterrence is about launching a nuclear warhead in the air order to let all know that the state is capable of preempting an attack.
Or at least, this is what the North Korean ambassador to the United Nations, So Se Pyong, said when asked why the April Fool's missile was launched, as quoted by CBS News.
"If the United States continues (drills with the South), then we have to make the countermeasures also, as I told you. So, we have to develop and we have to make more deterrence, nuclear deterrence."
"World leaders at the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington have reaffirmed their commitment to countering nuclear terrorism and proliferation, with the budding nuclear ambitions of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militant group topping the list of concerns."
"More work remains to be done to prevent non-state actors from obtaining nuclear and other radioactive materials, which could be used for malicious purposes."