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North Korea has ‘probably’ created nuclear devices for ballistic missiles –SHOCK UN report

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The report has been elaborated by an independent board of experts overseeing UN sanctions. According to the document, the nations, which it did not name, believed North Korea’s past six nuclear tests had likely helped it create miniaturised nuclear devices.

North Korea’s last nuclear test was carried out on September 2017.

The paper was sent to the 15-member UN Security Council North Korea sanctions committee on Monday.

The report reads: “The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea is continuing its nuclear program, including the production of highly enriched uranium and construction of an experimental light water reactor.

“A Member State assessed that the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea is continuing production of nuclear weapons.”

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said last week there would be no more war as the nation’s nuclear weapons establish its safety despite incessant outside tension and military intimidation.

The UN document said one country, which was not named, believed that North Korea “may seek to further develop miniaturisation in order to allow incorporation of technological

improvements such as penetration aid packages or, potentially, to develop multiple warhead systems.”

The international body has been sanctioning North Korea since 2006 over its nuclear and ballistic missile activities.

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The Security Council has regularly reinforced the penalties in an attempt to halt the funding for those programs.

Mr Kim has met US President Donald Trump three times since 2018 but US calls for North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons were not successful.

Equally, North Korea failed to get sanctions to come to an end.

Last month, Mr Trump said he is open to meeting Mr Kim again, even as North Korea indicates it is not interested in resuming halted nuclear talks.

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In an interview with Gray Television’s Greta Van Susteren, Mr Trump said: “I understand they want to meet and we would certainly do that.

”I would do it if I thought it was going to be helpful.”

When Ms Van Susteren asked him if he thought such a summit would be advantageous, Mr Trump said: “Probably. I have a very good relationship with him, so it probably would be.”

But North Korea has made it clear in two occasions that it does not intend to organise more meetings with the US.

It argued that another meeting would reinforce Mr Trump’s domestic political plans.

Kwon Jong Gun, a North Korean foreign ministry official, in an article in the state-run Korean Central News Agency, said: “Explicitly speaking once again, we have no intention to sit face to face with the US.”

Reinforcing the message, Senior North Korean diplomat Choe Son Hui said: ”We do not feel any need to sit face to face with the US, as it does not consider the Democratic People’s

Republic of Korea-United States dialogue as nothing more than a tool for grappling its political crisis.”

Despite this message from North Korea’s officials, Mr Trump has reiterated his relationship with Mr Kim remains strong.

Speaking to Ms Van Susteren, Mr Trump said: “Just so you understand, it’s been almost four years we’re not in a war. Almost anybody else would have been in a war.

“I get along, we talk, and let’s see what happens. But we’ve done a great job and haven’t been given the credit we deserve.”

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