Recently, North Korean officials claimed North Korea had successfully tested a hydrogen bomb. U.S. officials, scientists and others remain skeptical. Nonetheless, such testing could signify a renewed nuclear arms race among the nine nations known to posses nuclear weapons. Undoubtedly, such testing (or the threat of such testing), could dramatically increase tensions on the Korean
North Korea is not alone in moving to update and modernize its nuclear weapons program. It is reported that Russia will spend 140 billion dollars and the U.S. has pledged to spend upwards of 355 billion over the next 10 years to modernize their respective nuclear weapons programs.