North Korea readying nuclear weapons for use at a moment's notice

03/12/2016 04:00 | 63913

North Korea readying nuclear weapons for use at a moment's notice

For example. under resolution 2270, United Nations member states are required to inspect all cargo bound for North Korea for prohibited items and, perhaps most vexing for Kim Jong-un's bon vivant tendencies, a far-reaching ban on luxury goods exports to North Korea.

South Korean defense spokesman Moon Sang-gyun said the projectiles were launched from the eastern coastal town of Wonsan on Thursday.

Foreign financial institutions can not open new offices in North Korea without approval, and North Korean banks can not open offices overseas.

But the North can probably place nuclear warheads on its shorter-range Scuds and its 1,300-kilometer-range Rodong missiles, which can strike targets in South Korea and Japan, said Lee Choon Geun, an analyst from the South's state-funded Science and Technology Policy Institute. The White House said last week that before the latest nuclear test, North Korea sought to discuss a peace treaty with the USA but got cold feet after the US insisted denuclearization be part of the discussions.

Kim was quoted Friday (local time) by the official KCNA news agency as saying: "We must always be ready to fire our nuclear warheads at any time".

The North's statement comes at a time when relations with China are strained owing to different approaches to North Korea's nuclear weapons program.

The agency also confirmed that the military had tested a new multiple launch rocket system, which may have been the "short-range projectiles" South Korea said it had observed on Thursday.

In response to those sanctions, North Korea launched a series of short-range missiles into the East Sea on Wednesday.

His remarks come after the United Nations imposed tough sanctions against North Korea for its nuclear programme.

The government said Friday it is reviewing a plan to implement its own sanctions against North Korea, separate from Resolution 2270 adopted by the UN Security Council.

The State Department cautioned North Korea against further sabre-rattling. It is required to transfer that information to the Justice Ministry, a step parliamentary officials say would provide legal grounds to punish rights violators in North Korea when the two Koreas eventually reunify. Opponents say the system could help USA radar spot missiles in other countries as well.

Such rhetoric is not unusual from North Korea, but despite its recent nuclear and ballistic tests, analysts still doubt it has the ability to make a nuclear bomb small enough to put on a feasible missile.


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