Japan’s latest revelations about North Korean weapons spark global fears

For years, the hermit kingdom of North Korea has been attempting to place themselves among the world’s elite by advancing their nuclear weapons program.

The DPRK’s longstanding human rights abuses have relegated the dictatorship to the realm of persona-non-grata in the international community.  The hardships faced by the people of North Korea are severe and cruel, beyond what many of us in the First World could ever imagine, and have made the tiny Asian nation a target for heavy international sanctions.

Their isolationism certainly hasn’t helped either, with a great many countries simply refusing to engage with Kim Jong Un and his totalitarian regime.

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In order to garner attention and force the global community to address him, Kim has been relentlessly pursuing powerful nuclear weapons that he could use to threaten heavily allied countries such as Japan.  Now, the leadership in Tokyo is warning that the dainty despot has made further advancements in that realm.

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Japan has upgraded its estimate of North Korea’s nuclear weapons capability in an upcoming annual Defence White Paper, saying it seems Pyongyang has achieved the miniaturization of warheads, the Yomiuri newspaper said in an unsourced report on Wednesday.

That compares with the assessment in last year’s report in which the government said it was possible North Korea had achieved miniaturization, the Japanese daily said without citing sources.

The report, to be approved at a Cabinet meeting in mid-September, will maintain the assessment that North Korea’s military activities pose a “serious and imminent threat”, the Yomiuri said.

While the possibility of Kim’s miniaturized warheads has been on the radar for years, (no pun intended), this latest admission from Japan has pressed the issue further into the mainstream amid tumultuous talks between Pyongyang and Washington DC.

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