Kim Jong-un’s regime blew up a highly emblematic liaison office, with further concerns the state may have marked additional targets folioing fresh tensions. North Korea is believed to have been building more nukes in spite of peace discussions with the US and South Korea.
The rogue state is thought to have produced an additional ten warheads at a secret uranium enrichment facility in Kangson, according to the Stockholm International Peace Resarch Institute.
Pyongyang has refused to officialise the site in several occasions, causing discussions with the US to founder during the countries’ second meeting.
Exploding the liaison office, which was jointly created by North and South Korea in 2018, is Pyongyang’s latest shock move.
Mr Kim is thought to be planning more attacks, after the leader threatened to destroy other facilities built by South Korea.
Other potential strategies include renewing missile testing and calling off plans for a combined Olympic team next year in Tokyo.
North Korea has also been transferring troops to the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) that divides the two countries.
It has even gone as far as to threaten to occupy the buffer region.
Two year ago, Mr Kim seemed to be trying to open up the country to the rest of the world by holding discussions with South Korean president Moon Jae-in and US president Donald Trump.
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North Korea has made it clear that it had no intentions to abandon its nuclear weapons ahead of talks with both the US and South Korea.
Stockholm International Peace Research Institute researchers estimate North Korea now has an collection of between 30 to 40 nukes – ten more than the calculation from 2019.
Mr Kim had destroyed a nuclear site in Yongbyon, but the site is believed to have been outdated.
The US has deployed three aircraft carriers in the Pacific, as the two nations in the Korean peninsula renew their tensions.
USS Ronald Reagan, USS Theodore Roosevelt and USS Nimitz are all deployed in what is the biggest demonstration of sea power since fears of conflict were at their highest point in 2017.