North Korea is continuing to develop its nuclear weapons programme and several countries assess that it has “probably developed miniaturised nuclear devices to fit into the warheads of its ballistic missiles, according to a UN report.
The report by independent experts monitoring U.N. sanctions said that the countries, which they did not identify, believed North Korea’s past six nuclear tests had likely helped it develop miniaturized nuclear devices.
Pyongyang has not conducted a nuclear test since September 2017.
The interim report was submitted to the 15-member U.N. Security Council North Korea sanctions committee on Monday.
“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,” the report said.
North Korea is formally known as the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).
The report said one country, which it did not identify, assessed 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.”
North Korea has been subjected to UN sanctions since 2006 over its nuclear and ballistic missile programs. While the Security Council has steadily strengthened sanctions, U.N. monitors regularly report that North Korea’s continues to enhance its programs and violate sanctions.
The Hermit Kingdom’s leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump have met three times since 2018, but failed to make progress on U.S. calls for Pyongyang to give up its nuclear weapons and North Korea’s demands for an end to sanctions.
It comes as Kim Jong-un has claimed that there will be ‘no more war on this earth’ thanks to North Korea’s nuclear weapons program as he made a rare live appearance to put paid to any rumours of his death.
There had been reports the North Korean leader had died in March, following a lengthy and unexplained absence from any public appearances, and that his sister was taking power.