Kim Jong Un, the leader of North Korea, has reportedly called on his country’s scientists to increase production of “weapon-grade nuclear materials” and develop more powerful weapons
.This is a reiteration of his earlier promise to ramp up nuclear weapons production “exponentially”. His calls come just ahead of the scheduled arrival of a United States Navy carrier strike group in South Korea.
North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) quoted Kim as saying that the country should prepare to use its nuclear weapons . It must be “anytime and anywhere.”
He also urged officials to “expand the production of weapon-grade nuclear materials . This is for thoroughly implementing the plan on increasing nuclear arsenals exponentially”. And to “put spurs to continuing to produce powerful nuclear weapons”.
North Korea’s declaration as “irreversible” nuclear power
North Korea declared itself an “irreversible” nuclear power last year. Kim has recently called for an “exponential” increase in weapons production. Including tactical nuclear weapons.
The USS Nimitz’s arrival in the South Korean port of Busan on Tuesday marks the beginning of joint exercises between the United States and South Korea’s navy.
These exercises, was conducted in international waters. It aim to enhance military readiness and strengthen the alliance between the two countries.. The exercises involve US nuclear-capable bombers. Some of the latest jet fighters, live-fire drills. And an amphibious landing exercise by Marine units.