North Korea is suspected of building more nuclear warheads at a secret uranium facility south of Pyongyang, adding to concerns there will not be peace on the peninsula any time soon.
The Stockholm International Research Institute estimated in its report, released on Monday, that North Korea had between 30 to 40 nukes – 10 more than estimated last year.
In its report, the institute said: “North Korea has acknowledged conducting nuclear weapon and missile tests but provides no information about its nuclear weapon capabilities.
“North Korea continues to prioritise its military nuclear programme as a central element of its national security strategy.”
It added: “Figures for North Korea are highly uncertain and are not included in total figures. All estimates are approximate.”
The institute said it came to its conclusion based on analysing satellite photos and vehicle movements.
Facilities, like that in Kangson – south of Pyongyang – have not been declared by North Korea and was a major stumbling block in the summit with the US in Vietnam, last year.
North Korean tyrant Kim Jong-un had offered only to dismantle the known nuclear facility in Yongbyon.
Top US intelligence the move was merely a token gesture as the site is believed to be out of date.
The increase of North Korea’s arsenal will do little to calm those who are concerned the communist nation is ramping up its aggressive stance in the region.
It comes after the North destroyed the liaison office with South Korea earlier this week – effectively ending any hopes of calming relations between the two nations.
The Kim family also lashed out against its capitalist rival with top officials also blasting the country.
Kim Yo-jong, the younger sister of the North Korean tyrant Kim Jong-un, slammed the capitalist nation in a statement made on state media where she vented her fury over Seoul’s falling to stop people sending anti-regime leaflets into the country.
Her statement started by blasting South Korea’s President, Moon Jae-in, marking the 20th anniversary of the first inter-Korean summit.
The North Korean official – whose profile in the country has risen dramatically – even mocked Moon’s clothes during his speech where he wore a tie that had been used by former President Kim Dae-jung during his 2000 meeting with Kim Jong-il.