The picture above is making the world outside North Korea very uncomfortable indeed. Though it could be a cross between the scary, spinning thing from the X-Files intro and the official Euro 2004 football, experts say the device in front of Kim Jong-un looks like a genuine compact nuclear warhead.
According to North Korea, the device can be used in some of its most advanced ballistic missiles. Before now, the international community believed that the country was stuck with larger, less capable nuclear weaponry.
Kim has already said he wants to deploy his nuclear warheads for a pre-emptive strike, but his grand claims about North Korea’s nuclear capabilities have been widely disregarded. Scarily, it looks like the leader's claims weren't quite so far-fetched after all.
Here’s what Jeffrey Lewis, the director of the East Asia Nonproliferation Program at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies of the Middlebury Institute of International Studies (MIIS) in California (what a title) had to say on the matter: “Obviously we only have the picture to go on, but it looks as you would expect for a compact nuclear warhead.”
However, it's believed that North Korea's nuclear threat still remains a regional one, which may help us in the western world rest easy, but must be causing sheer terror in South Korea. [Yahoo News via Jalopnik]