Report: North Korea is continuing to develop its nuclear weapons program

According to a confidential UN report seen by Reuters that showed on Monday that North Korea is keeping to develop its nuclear weapons program and many countries evaluate that it has probably developed miniaturized nuclear devices to fit into the warheads of its ballistic missiles.

The report by independent experts monitoring UN sanctions related that the countries, which they didn’t identify, believed that the past six nuclear tests of North Korea had likely helped it to develop miniaturized nuclear devices. While, Pyongyang hasn’t carried out a nuclear test since September 2017. The temporary report was sent to the 15-member UN Security Council North Korea sanctions committee on Monday.

North Korea is officially known as the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). The mission of North Korea to the United Nations in New York didn’t instantly respond to a request for comment on the U.N. report. Besides, the leader of North Korean Kim Jong Un declared last week that there would be no more war as the country’s nuclear weapons guarantees its safety and future despite unabated outside pressure and military threats.

The UN report indicated one country, which it did not identify, evaluated that North Korea, may seek to further develop miniaturization in order to allow incorporation of technological improvements such as penetration aid packages or, potentially, to develop multiple warhead systems.

Since 2006, North Korea has been subjected to UN sanctions either its nuclear and ballistic missile programs. Whereas, the Security Council has steadily enhanced sanctions, UN monitors regularly report that North Korea’s continues to strengthen its programs and violate sanctions. Since 2018, Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump have met three times however; they didn’t make progress on US calls for Pyongyang to give up its nuclear weapons and North Korea’s demands for an end to sanctions.

North Korea, in May 2018, followed through on a promise to explode tunnels at its main nuclear test site, Punggye-ri, which Pyongyang declared that it was a proof of its pledge to end nuclear testing. But they didn’t allow experts to witness the dismantlement of the site.

The UN report declared that as only tunnel entrances were known to have been destroyed and there is no indication of a comprehensive demolition, one country had assessed that North Korea could rebuild and reinstall within three months the infrastructure needed to support a nuclear test.

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