Date
30 May 2017
Kim Jong-un watches a rocket launch in this screen grab from state television. Kim claims North Korea has successfully miniaturized nuclear warheads to be mounted on ballistic missiles. Photo: Reuters
Kim Jong-un watches a rocket launch in this screen grab from state television. Kim claims North Korea has successfully miniaturized nuclear warheads to be mounted on ballistic missiles. Photo: Reuters

Kim Jong-un: We have nuclear warheads on ballistic missiles

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is claiming his country has successfully miniaturized nuclear warheads that can be mounted on ballistic missiles.

“The nuclear warheads have been standardized to be fit for ballistic missiles by miniaturizing them,” the state new agency KCNA quoted him as saying.

Kim is calling it “true nuclear deterrent”.

It was Kim’s first direct mention of the claim previously made repeatedly in the country’s state media to have successfully miniaturised a nuclear warhead to be mounted on a ballistic missile, Reuters reports.

The claim is widely questioned outside the country.

Kim inspected nuclear warheads designed for thermo-nuclear reaction, KCNA said, referring to a hydrogen bomb that the country claimed to have tested in January.

North Korea conducted its fourth nuclear test on Jan. 6 and claimed it was a successful hydrogen bomb test, which was disputed by many experts and the governments of South Korea and the United States.

The UN Security Council imposed harsh new sanctions on the isolated state last week for the nuclear test and Pyongyang has stepped up its belligerent rhetoric through state media.

Last week Kim ordered his country to be ready to use nuclear weapons at any time in the face of growing threats from enemies.

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