North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un is pushing scientists to put nuclear warheads on ballistic missiles for a potentially imminent war with the U.S., according to reports.
Following the test of a submarine-launched ballistic missile Wednesday, Kim, who personally oversaw the test, declared it North Korea’s “greatest success,” the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported.
The recent missile test was conducted near the North Korean port of Sinpo. North Korea tested a submarine-launched missile in early July, but the missile exploded into multiple pieces after traveling only 18 miles. During the most recent test, the sub-launched missile Pukguksong traveled 310 miles. North Korea’s third sub-launched missile test this year revealed that North Korea is making surprising strides in the development of technology required for missile launches at sea.
The annual U.S.-South Korean joint military operation Ulchi Freedom Guardian began Monday. Concerned that the drills are preparations for a possible invasion of North Korea, Kim threatened to launch a “nuclear strike” against the “nuclear war maniacs” for the “slightest sign of aggression.”
Encouraged by the success of Wednesday’s test, Kim has called on individuals involved in national defense science “to put increased spurs to mounting nuclear warheads on ballistic missiles” in order to deal with the possibility of an “unpredicted total war and nuclear war with the U.S. imperialists.”
“The DPRK has joined the front rank of the military powers fully equipped with nuclear attack capabilities,” KCNA explained.
The United Nations banned North Korea from furthering its nuclear program or testing ballistic missiles, yet North Korea continues to do both.
KCNA mentioned that the North Korean dictator instructed officials “to demonstrate the DPRK’s muscle as a full-fledged military power if the enemies try to threaten its dignity and the right to existence even a bit.”
After the recent test, Kim stressed that American and South Korean “rash acts will only precipitate their self-destruction.”
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