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Kim Jong Un Says North Korea Has Miniature Nuclear Warheads

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reacts during a test-fire of an anti-tank guided weapon in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang
KCNA—Reuters North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reacts during a test-fire of an anti-tank guided weapon in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang February 27, 2015.

This is the first time Kim has publicly said it himself

North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un said this week that the country possessed miniature nuclear warheads, and called for his army to prepare pre-emptive attacks against the U.S. and South Korea.

This is not the first time North Korea has alluded to its capacity for nuclear warfare, but never before has Kim publicly declared it himself, Reuters reports. In his remarks, which were reported on North Korean state media on Wednesday, he said that the country had miniaturized a nuclear weapon that could be fitted to a ballistic missile.

International experts routinely greet such claims with skepticism.

His remarks come amid a period of heightened tensions between North Korea and the wider world. The authoritarian regime’s testing of a hydrogen bomb in early January precipitated a new round of U.N. sanctions against the country; North Korea’s reflexive hostility has only increased in recent days as the U.S. and South Korea commenced significant military drills in the region.

[Reuters]

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