Nov. 11 (UPI) — North Korea is believed to have 15 to 60 nuclear weapons in its arsenal and continues to pose a significant menace to the US, in response to a U.S. assume tank.

The Institute for Nationwide Strategic Research at Nationwide Protection College in Washington mentioned in its most up-to-date report the Kim Jong Un regime operates “extra as a quasi-criminal enterprise than a respectable nation-state” and should have developed as many as 60 nuclear bombs.

The INSS’ “Strategic Evaluation 2020: Right into a New Period of Nice Energy Competitors says North Korea, Russia and Iran are a trio of “rogue, disruptor and spoiler states” that pose threats to U.S. nationwide safety.

Past its nuclear capability, North Korea has additionally carried out arms gross sales and the “switch of army know-how” that has abetted Iran’s ballistic missile program. Pyongyang has additionally “pursued army cooperation and know-how transfers within the Sudan and provided small arms and ballistic missiles to the Houthi rebels in Yemen via a Syrian middleman.”

North Korea’s cyberattacks on banks have additionally been on the rise. Breaches of economic establishments in Bangladesh, Chile, Guatemala, India, Kuwait, Mexico, Pakistan, the Philippines, South Korea, Taiwan, Turkey and Vietnam have been profitable, in response to the INSS.

“These assaults may be fairly profitable; it has been reported that in a single such assault in opposition to the Central Financial institution of Bangladesh in 2016, North Korea netted $81 million,” the report says.

North Korea continues to develop weapons, however the US and South Korea have prioritized diplomacy regardless of Pyongyang’s refusal to satisfy and focus on denuclearization.

South Korean International Minister Kang Kyung-wha met with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday to affirm shut cooperation on North Korea and the “Korean Peninsula peace course of,” Seoul mentioned Tuesday.

South Korean information service Newsis reported Wednesday Kang additionally met with U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., and U.S. Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., amid the transition of U.S. President-elect Joe Biden. Kang mentioned the 2 sides agreed to a “agency dedication to selling the peace course of on the Korean Peninsula, and pressured the necessity to strengthen diplomatic efforts,” in response to Seoul’s international ministry.