North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un is said to be continuing his search for radioactive weapons, which are said to be funded by a mixture of crime and arms trafficking
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Kim Jong-un’s North Korea has been labeled a “catastrophic threat” to global security as fears grow over the regime’s nuclear capabilities.
The tyrant is said to continue his search for radioactive weapons, which are said to be funded by a mixture of crime and arms trafficking.
Jong-un is believed to have developed a weapons program amid a stalemate over talks to dismantle North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missiles in exchange for easing US sanctions.
President Joe Biden’s administration had previously stated that it was open to diplomacy to denuclearize North Korea, but was unwilling to ease sanctions.
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Scott Snyder, Senior Fellow for Korea Studies at the Council for Foreign Relations, said Jong-us state was “the most potentially catastrophic security threat” in 2021.
His warning comes after North Korea fired two ballistic missiles, South Korea said on Wednesday – which outrags Japan and threatens to disrupt the peace.
The launch from the east coast followed an announcement from Pyongyang that a new long-range cruise missile was successfully tested last weekend.
Mr. Snyder told The sun online that Jong-un has “transparently” shown his intentions to develop more weapons over the next five years.
He said, “It is difficult to predict how realistic these aspirations will be, but the evidence so far suggests the likelihood of further progress towards these goals.”
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Experts believe that the head of state is now funding his arms race by involving North Korea in lucrative crimes such as computer hacking.
Ramon Pacheco-Pardo of King’s College London said cybercrime is likely the “main source of income” of Pyongyang right now due to the border closings by Covid.
But arms deals with countries like Syria, Iran, Somalia and many other nations are also supposed to provide money for the secret state.
Jong-un was noticed by his absence at public events in North Korea earlier this week before a new, slender version of the dictator emerged in recent weeks.
Then last week he was seen smiling and waving to the crowd at a bizarre military parade with soldiers in Covid Hazmat suits.
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However, it is feared that its nuclear targets and antics could disrupt stability in East Asia – missile tests over the past 24 hours have fueled the fire.
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga described the ballistic shooting as “outrageous” and condemned the action as a threat to peace and security in the region.
South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said in a statement that they and US intelligence agencies would analyze more details about the launches.
The statement said: “North Korea has fired two unidentified ballistic missiles from its central inland region towards the east coast, and the intelligence agencies of South Korea and the United States are conducting detailed analysis for more information.”
The South Korean military has increased its level of surveillance and is maintaining a “full preparedness” position in close cooperation with the US, the JCS added.