North Korea nuclear warning: UN releases dire report on Kim Jong-un’s latest arsenal

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The UN also claims North Korea has increased the development of its nuclear arsenal at an “intense pace”. Despite the coronavirus pandemic and the sanctions imposed on the country, the hermit state has made crucial advancements in its nuclear technology. The report was sanctioned by the UN Security Council (UNSC) to assess the effectiveness of the measures, and whether North Korea is giving up its weapons.

North Korea has also managed to allude sanctions from the UNSC in order to import petroleum and to export coal.

The report said: “Since the beginning of 2020, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea has continued to develop its ballistic missile programme at an intense pace.

“It has probably developed miniaturised nuclear devices to fit into the warheads of its ballistic missiles.

“The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea has continued to violate Security Council resolutions through the illicit import of refined petroleum products through ship-to-ship transfers and direct deliveries and through illicit maritime exports of coal.

“Two to three months would be sufficient to reconstitute one of the tunnels, reinstall the infrastructure required to support a test and emplace a test device.”

North Korea conducted a successful intercontinental ballistic missile test in 2017.

It was initially thought the state had destroyed its nuclear site at Punggye-ri.

As the report, seen by The Times, states it is believed the state only destroyed certain parts of the facility.

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Under the sanctions by the UNSC, the state is banned from trading arms or military equipment.

This also includes dual technologies, vehicles, industrial machinery and metals.

Assets of an individual involved in the country’s nuclear trade are also frozen, while restrictions have been placed on scientific and technical cooperation with North Korea.

The US has also taken out unilateral sanctions against the state to restrict the economic activities of certain individuals in the state.

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However, due to the secrecy of the hermit state, it is unknown if the country abides by the full remit of these sanctions.

In a further sign of North Korea’s growing nuclear capability, the state’s ambassador to the UN told officials it now has “an effective” war deterrent.

Speaking to the UN General Assembly this week, the state’s ambassador, Kim Song also said the coronavirus is now under control in the state.

He said: “Genuine peace can only be safeguarded when one possesses the absolute strength to prevent war itself.

“As we have obtained the reliable and effective war deterrent for self-defence by tightening our belts, peace and security of the Korean Peninsula and the region are now firmly defended.

“Based on its reliable guarantee for safeguarding the security of the state and people, the DPRK is now directing all its efforts to economic construction.
“It is a matter of fact that we badly need an external environment favourable for economic construction.

“But, we cannot sell off our dignity just in a hope for brilliant transformation – the dignity which we have defended as valuable as our own life.

“This is our steadfast position.”

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