North Korea threatens to test nuclear warhead, missiles

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un vowed Tuesday to conduct a nuclear warhead test and ballistic missile launches "in a short time," state media reported.

The goal would be "to further enhance the reliance of nuclear attack capability," he said, according to the Korean Central News Agency.

Kim reportedly made the remarks while overseeing a simulated test of missile re-entry technology. This technology is needed for missiles to re-enter the Earth's atmosphere intact.

"Seoul believes that the North has yet to secure such technology," said an unnamed South Korean official who asked to remain anonymous.

The North Korean claim comes as South Korean and US forces are carrying out annual joint military manouevres.

Pyongyang said last week it had succeeded in developing the technology to fit a nuclear warhead on a missile.

Seoul said it doubted that North Korea had the ability to miniaturize an atomic warhead.

The United Nations Security Council earlier this month imposed its strictest sanctions ever on North Korea, in response to the tests of a nuclear device in January and a long-range rocket in February.

North Korea has carried out nuclear tests in 2006, 2006, 2013 and in January 2016.

Last update: Tue, 15/03/2016 - 11:27
Author: 

More from World

Trump says he doesn't like tweeting, then tweets some more

More than 20 million people follow Donald Trump's Twitter account, but the US president-elect seems to consider...

Colombia reaches deal to begin peace talks with ELN rebels

Colombia and the ELN (National Liberation Army) rebel group have reached an agreement to begin peace negotiations...

Trump's UN ambassador pick expresses concern about Israel's treatment

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, Donald Trump's pick to serve as US ambassador to the UN, expressed concern...

Liberation of east Mosul nearly complete, Iraq's al-Abadi says

Iraqi security forces are close to ending Islamic State resistance on the east bank of the Tigris river in Mosul,...

Presidential powers: What Trump can and can't do

The powers of US presidents are relatively constrained, legally, compared to leaders in many other democracies.