Kim Jong-un is reportedly accelerating North Korea’s nuclear program and has ordered the military to make sure its missiles are ready for action.
Military officials have been told they should be ready to carry out his orders “at any time,” according to a senior source.
The order was issued this week and troops were put on alert before the mysterious communist state celebrated the birthday of its founder Kim Il-Sung at an event known as the Sun Festival.
A source close to the regime claims it is unusual for such an order to be issued during the week of the festival. reports the sun.
Another short-range ballistic missile test could reportedly be conducted in the coming weeks after a satellite image released by 38 North revealed that a recently modified missile test ship returned to a shipyard at a key military center this week.
During the weapons test in March, misses were fired from close range into the Sea of Japan and the Yellow Sea for the first time since US President Joe Biden took office.
The UN Security Council has banned North Korea from testing these powerful weapons, but it has ignored this order several times.
There are growing concerns about advances in North Korean military technology, and experts believe the country is ramping up its nuclear program.
A worrying report by a The Korean think tank called Asan Institute for Policy Studies states that North Korea could have 200 nuclear weapons and several dozen ballistic ICBMs by 2027.
According to the report, the United States and South Korea are “unwilling” to address the “emerging threat posed by North Korean nuclear weapons”.
It is also said that their attempts to through a series of negotiations to prevent the rogue state from expanding its nuclear arsenal have “failed”.
It is said that Mr. Kim “appears to be building a nuclear force capable of enabling dominance of the peninsula,” and the US and South Korea need to develop “reinforced” defenses to “maintain deterrence now”.
In January the country announced that a new submarine had fired a ballistic missile that the state media dubbed “the most powerful weapon in the world”.
The missile was unveiled at a parade overseen by Mr. Kim weeks after he called the US his country’s “greatest enemy”.
According to the Korean state Central News Agency, he said, “Our foreign policy activities should be directed and diverted towards subjugating the US.”
Following the missile tests in March, President Biden said “there will be answers” if North Korea chooses to “escalate” he will conduct diplomatic negotiations “dependent on the final outcome of denuclearization”.
However, the White House claims North Korea has not held talks since taking office.