Kim Jong Un has ordered North Korea to conduct more nuclear weapons tests, even though the country’s fourth such test in January drew harsh international condemnation and more sanctions.
North Korean state media said on Friday that the country’s supreme leader once again delivered an aggressive message after he watched a ballistic missile launch test, Reuters reports. (A date for the missile test he observed was not given.)
“Dear comrade Kim Jong Un said work…must be strengthened to improve nuclear attack capability and issued combat tasks to continue nuclear explosion tests to assess the power of newly developed nuclear warheads and tests to improve nuclear attack capability,” the country’s official news agency said.
Despite fresh sanctions after its latest nuclear test and international outrage over a subsequent satellite launch, the North has continued to issue inflammatory statements. On Wednesday, Kim announced that his country had successfully miniaturized a nuclear warhead, a claim that was met with doubt by experts.
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