North Korea says it now has miniaturized nuclear weapons that will fit on ballistic missiles, in what it calls a “true nuclear deterrent” and released photos to try to prove it.
The Korean Central News Agency — the official mouthpiece of Kim Jong-un’s regime — reported that Kim met with scientists and “acquainted himself with the specifications and mechanism of the miniaturized powerful nuclear warheads with a Korean-style structure of mixed charge.”
KCNA posted multiple pictures of Kim posing next to a warhead.
Kim reportedly told those present that “Koreans can do anything if they have the will” while noting the “real enemy is nuclear war.”
The right to make a preemptive nuclear strike is by no means a monopoly of the U.S., he said, declaring that if the U.S. imperialists infringe upon the DPRK’s sovereignty and right to existence with nuclear weapons, it will never hesitate to make a preemptive nuclear strike at them.
While North Korea has boasted about conducting a hydrogen bomb test earlier this year, one expert says it’s unlikely the device seen with Kim is a hydrogen bomb.
“It is possible that the silver sphere is a simple atomic bomb,” Karl Dewey told CNN. “But it is not a hydrogen bomb.”
Dewey is from IHS Jane’s, an intelligence analysis organization, and said a hydrogen bomb would not only be in two parts but also be a different shape.
According to KCNA, Kim also urged scientists to develop more nuclear weapons “to completely contain the enemies with nuclear force and thus provide a firmer guarantee for the eternal future of Kim Il Sung’s and Kim Jong Il’s nation.”