North Korea has just made a shocking announcement about the future of its nuclear weapons program, and just promised to do more tests in the immediate future!
Over the past several months, the rogue regime has launched several missile tests as a way to flex its muscles, even as the country’s economy continues to collapse.
The nation’s state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) announced Tuesday that dictator Kim Jong-un ordered “a nuclear warhead explosion test and a test-fire of several types of ballistic rockets capable of carrying nuclear warheads … in a short time,” specifically to ensure that North Korea has the capacity to strike another country with a nuclear weapon.
The article announcing this test also notes that Kim is seeking to schedule tests for “estimating the heat stability of ballistic rocket warhead tip … and the corrosion of heat-resistant coating material.” Kim allegedly also personally “guided an environmental simulation for reentry of the rocket warhead tip on the spot.”
Missile re-entry technology is pivotal for North Korea to be able to strike the United States, South Korean news agency Yonhap notes. Yonhap cites South Korean officials as clarifying that no evidence exists to believe North Korea will be able to conduct these tests, because they lack the technology to do so. “Based on our military’s analysis, we believe that the North has yet to secure such technology … It is the North’s unilateral claim,” said Moon Sang-gyun, a spokesman for the South Korean Ministry of Defense.
All of these tests violate United Nations sanctions on North Korea, which were significantly expanded earlier this year following months of provocations from the communist regime. So far in 2016, North Korea has detonated a nuclear weapon, which North Korean officials claimed was a hydrogen bomb, but nuclear scientists dispute, tested a ballistic missile, and shot multiple rockets into the East Sea as a warning to South Korea.
Most recently, Kim Jong-un appeared in photos next to what Pyongyang alleged was a miniaturized nuclear warhead, capable of being mounted on a ballistic missile and hitting long-range targets. The images reinforced the belief that a recent “satellite launch” by the rogue nation was a disguised test of a ballistic missile, used to place the “satellite” into orbit. There is no independent evidence that the object launched into space has functioned properly as a satellite since leaving earth. North Korea nonetheless declared the experiment a “success” and announced more planned launches.
The announcement of future plans for nuclear bomb testing was following by the belligerent screeds now typical of North Korean media. In the official state newspaper, Rodong Sinmun, the government published multiple columns calling the United States and South Korea “provocateurs” and “warmongers”: “The nuclear war hysteria of the U.S. imperialists and the Park Geun Hye group denying it is as foolish as precipitating their self-destruction,” one column titled “Victory is Ours,” for example, reads.
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