Kim Jong-un threatened a “preemptive and offensive nuclear strike” as South Korea began a joint military training exercise this week. As a show of force, he fired several ballistic missiles into the sea to protest the annual exercise. This week he also released pictures of miniature warheads and ordered more nuclear testing.

Dear comrade Kim Jong-un said work…must be strengthened to improve nuclear attack capability and issued combat tasks to continue nuclear explosion tests to assess the power of newly developed nuclear warheads and tests to improve nuclear attack capability,” North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said.

North Korea’s provocative behavior will more than likely continue as UN sanctions increase.

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