> If Kim Jong-un is to reach his ultimate goal, experts say the world can expect more nuclear tests from North Korea. Pyongyang's weapons program is developing rapidly, but experts say it's a long way off from a critical milestone. Perfecting a nuclear warhead small enough to fit on the tip of a rocket, fly over vast distances, and survive reentry without burning up.
North Korea claims it can target any part of the US with a nuke, but experts say that couldn't happen with a conventional warhead. As Reuters Christine Kim explains.>> Experts belive North Korea has secured some technology to make its warhead small but it's not quite there yet, so more testing is needed.
Basically in order for missiles to fly a long distance, anything attached to those missiles would have to be light weight to ensure the missile's full flight for longer and farther.>> That need for a lightweight nuclear payload has something that Kim's scientists could be working on a hydrogen bomb, which weapons expert say would take several more nuclear tests to perfect.
If that's the case, Kim will need to make some careful decisions. Further nuclear testing would be sure to have consequences from tougher UN sanctions to the threat of US military action. But time it right and Pyiongyang could gain some added benefits.>> The timing of the nuclear tests is important, and many of our experts and analysts have said North Korea will definitely want to use the sixth nuclear test, which maybe its last, as a bargaining chip to pressure the United States in acknowledging it as an independent nuclear state.
North Korea would get important data they need to further develop their nuclear power in the future. While at the same time, gain some political leverage if it's cornered into a tight spot.>> According to US sources, evidence points that they are not being an imminent threat of another North Korean nuclear test.
Although South Korean experts see it as inevitable. Because as they put it, it's the only way for the North to ensure the survival of the Kim regime.