Kim Jong Un poses beside possible nuclear warhead mock up

SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of - North Korea has caused a new stir with photos on the front page of its ruling party newspaper Wednesday that show the country's leader Kim Jong Un standing beside a purported mock-up of a miniaturized nuclear warhead during a meeting with his top nuclear scientists.

See Full Article

The Rodong Sinmun newspaper for the Workers' Party said Kim met his nuclear scientists for a briefing on the status of their work and declared he was greatly pleased that warheads had been standardized and miniaturized for use on ballistic missiles.

The party newspaper photos showed Kim and the scientists standing by what outside analysts say appears to be the model warhead - a small, silverish globe presented on a low table in a hangar with a ballistic missile or a model ballistic missile in the background.

South Korea's Defence Ministry said Wednesday it was analyzing the objects shown in the North Korean photos.

Pyongyang has previously said it has nuclear warheads small enough to put on long-range missiles, but experts have questioned such claims.

This was the first time the North has publicly portrayed what its designs look like, though it remains unclear whether the North has a functioning warhead of that size or if it is simply trying to develop one.

North Korea warned Monday of pre-emptive nuclear strikes after the United States and South Korea began holding their biggest-ever war games, which will go on until the end of April. Tensions have been high after North Korea's recent nuclear test and rocket launch, which prompted the United Nations to adopt tough new sanctions.

The North claims it tested its first H-bomb in the Jan. 6 nuclear test, which was followed last month by the launch of a rocket that put a satellite into orbit but which is seen as a violation of U.N. resolutions because it contains dual-use technology that could also be applied to long-range ballistic missiles.

Its development of smaller nuclear weapons and long-range missiles that could be used to deliver them to targets overseas has long been a matter of concern and could potentially shake up the security balance in Asia.

If the North succeeds in developing a credible warhead and missile, it would most deeply impact the United States, South Korea and Japan, but Russia and China, which are friendlier to the North, have strongly denounced its nuclear program.

-----

Associated Press writers Hyung-jin Kim in Seoul and Eric Talmadge in Tokyo contributed to this report.



Advertisements

Latest Canada & World News

  • Andrew Scheer: a profile

    Canada News Toronto Sun
    OTTAWA - When Andrew Scheer first started telling people he was considering a run for the leadership of the federal Conservatives, he’d often get a raised eyebrow in response. Scheer served four years as Speaker of the House of Commons, following several years of serving as deputy Speaker. Source
  • Andrew Scheer elected leader of federal Conservative party

    Canada News Toronto Sun
    TORONTO — The final votes will be cast today for a new leader of the Conservative Party of Canada. Some 259,000 people are eligible to vote, deciding between 13 candidates running the gamut from former cabinet ministers to one who has never held public office. Source
  • Judge dismisses lawsuit against Clinton by Benghazi families

    World News CTV News
    WASHINGTON -- A federal judge threw out a lawsuit against Hillary Clinton by the parents of two Americans killed in the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, ruling the former secretary of state didn't defame them when disputing allegations that she had lied. Source
  • B.C. jury finds man guilty of smuggling Tamil migrants to Canada

    Canada News CTV News
    VANCOUVER -- A prosecutor says a man accused of bringing hundreds of Tamil migrants into Canada illegally in a dilapidated cargo ship nearly seven years ago has been found guilty. Crown counsel Charles Hough says a B.C. Source
  • Trudeau, Trump talk trade at G7

    Canada News Toronto Sun
    TAORMINA, Italy — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met one-on-one with Donald Trump Saturday on the sidelines of the G7 summit in Sicily, where they talked all around an elephant in the room the size and shape of North America. Source
  • Serial killer Todd Kohlhepp slips out of death sentence [Photos]

    World News Toronto Sun
    Todd Kohlhepp had the veneer of a small town real estate salesman. Kind of greasy, a little bit goofy. Central casting stuff. And that’s what he was. But the Spartanburg, South Carolina man is much, much more. Source
  • UK police show photo of concert bomber, ask public for info

    World News Toronto Sun
    MANCHESTER, England — Britain reduced its terrorism threat level a notch, from “critical” to “severe,” as authorities said major progress has been made in unravelling the plot behind the Manchester bombing. More arrests are expected. Prime Minister Theresa May said “a significant amount of police activity” and several arrests had led to the level being lowered. Source
  • Jared Kushner proposed secret back channel with Kremlin: Source

    World News Toronto Sun
    WASHINGTON — U.S. President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and now top White House adviser Jared Kushner proposed a secret back channel between the Kremlin and the Trump transition team during a December meeting with a leading Russian diplomat. Source
  • Trudeau plays media like fiddle!

    Canada News Toronto Sun
    In recent days, CBC.ca and the Guardian newspaper have noted that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau plays the media like a fiddle with pre-arranged photo-ops and stunts. Or rather, two columnists from these media organizations did, meaning their employers’ practice of falling for pre-arranged stunts by Trudeau — along with the rest of the global media, present company included — will continue unabated. Source
  • Conservatives gather to see new leader crowned tonight

    Canada News CBC News
    Conservatives crown a new leader tonight to take the party into the next electoral battle against Justin Trudeau's Liberals in 2019. Staggered ballot-by-ballot results will be announced at the Toronto Congress Centre, site of the party's leadership convention, after a short tribute to outgoing interim leader Rona Ambrose at 5 p.m. Source