North Korea: Kim wants to increase production of “military nuclear material”

North Korea: Kim wants to increase production of «equipment military nuclear»


North Korea's No. 1 Kim Jong Un has called for increased production of “military nuclear material” and the production of more powerful weapons, state media reported on Tuesday.&nbsp ;

This latest threat from Mr Kim, which echoes an earlier promise to increase nuclear weapons production “exponentially”, comes just before the expected arrival of a US Navy aircraft carrier in South Korea, Tuesday.

After speaking with officials from the country's nuclear weapons institute, the leader said North Korea must be prepared to use its nuclear weapons “anywhere and nowhere.” 'anytime', according to the official KCNA news agency.

He also called on officials to “develop the production of military nuclear material in the long term in order to thoroughly implement the plan (…) for the exponential increase in nuclear arsenals”.

Kim also “encouraged the continued production of powerful nuclear weapons,” KCNA added.

When North Korea has prepared its nuclear weapons systems “to perfection,” “the enemy will fear us and dare not challenge the sovereignty of our state, our system and our people,” Kim said, according to the same source.

Last year, North Korea declared itself an “irreversible” nuclear power, and Kim Jong Un recently called for an “exponential” increase in the production of weapons, including tactical nuclear weapons.

At the beginning of March, he also ordered his army to intensify its military maneuvers for a “real war”.

The North Korean army said on Tuesday that it had carried out a second test of what she presented as an “underwater nuclear attack drone”, the first test of which took place last week.

The new weapon, called Haeil – which means tsunami in Korean – was tested, according to Pyongyang, in response to recent US-South Korean military exercises, the largest in five years.

It maneuvered under water “for 41 hours and 27 minutes following a simulated 600 kilometer route” before exploding at a target off North Hamgyong province early Monday, KCNA said.

The test “demonstrated all the strategic qualifications as well as the security and reliability of the weapon system”, according to KCNA.

Russia is said to have developed a similar weapon, the Poseidon nuclear torpedo, but the mastery of the complex technology required for this type of weaponry may still be beyond North Korea's reach, experts say.

The North Korean military also conducted a firing exercise on Monday, simulating nuclear attack using tactical ballistic missiles, KCNA news agency said in a separate statement. ct.