North Korea has likely developed miniature nuclear devices, according to a confidential UN report collected by Reuters.
According to the news agency, the report says a panel of experts who monitor sanctions by the United Nations and other countries believe that North Korea has developed nuclear devices small enough to fit the warheads of its ballistic missiles.
Officially, the Kim Jong Un government has not done a nuclear test since September 2017, when the North Korean leader ordered the site of the tests being closed after declaring that his country no longer needed to test nuclear weapons.
The report seen by Reuters, was presented Monday before the sanctions committee North Korea from the UN Security Council.
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According to published information, one of the countries mentioned in the report said that North Korea “can try to further develop miniaturization to be able to incorporate technological improvements such as penetration aid packages or potentially develop multiple warhead systems.”
North Korea defends the development of its nuclear arsenal as a way to guarantee its safety, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reiterated during the 67th anniversary of the Korean War armistice.
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The Korean War (1950-1953) ended with an armistice, and not a peace agreement, which means that North and South Korea are technically at war.
“Lasting peace and denuclearization of the Korean peninsula must be achieved by peaceful means,” the EU Council reiterated, calling for the “diplomatic process” to continue as “the only way” to achieve those goals.
With information from Reuters and AFP.