North Korea has issued new threats on using nuclear weapons including an announcement on the upcoming nuclear warhead test and test-launch ballistic missiles. Throughout the years, critics always say that the country does not have the capability to pull out such but Pyongyang now argues that it has mastered technologies needed for the said launches. Is North Korea capable of pushing through with its threats?
Previously, critics believe that while North Korea possesses the bomb, it does not have the warhead that will fit in a long-range rocket. More importantly, there were also claims before that it does not have a re-entry vehicle that can keep the fire at bay when it reaches the atmosphere to the intended target.
However, a new report from Military says that North Korea is now claiming otherwise. According to the country, it has mastered both technologies which could mean leaps in its nuclear capabilities.
“We have proudly acquired the re-entry technology, possessed by a few countries styling themselves as military powers, by dint of self-reliance and self-development,” the report quoted North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
While there have been talks on what North Korea wanted to achieve in all this, but the message seems obvious, according to the report. North Korea is aware of what the world thinks its weaknesses are and it is trying to prove that it is no longer the case.
North Korea’s state-run media supposedly reported the leader saying such after he met with scientists and technicians.
Additionally, Al Jazeera reported the leader making another announcement on the test of such nuclear warheads and missiles. However, the said tests will also breach United Nations sanctions which were further reinforced with China’s support. Nonetheless, North’s official KCNA news agency reported that Kim made the claims as he monitored a successful simulated test of atmospheric re-entry of a ballistic missile which gauged the “thermodynamic structural stability of newly developed heat-resisting materials.”
“Declaring that a nuclear warhead explosion test and a test-fire of several kinds of ballistic rockets able to carry nuclear warheads will be conducted in a short time to further enhance the reliance of nuclear attack capability, he [Kim] instructed the relevant section to make prearrangement for them to the last detail,” reported the agency.