North Korea has up to 60 nuclear warheads and 1.2 million soldiers ready for war, a report has warned.
The Institute for National Strategic Studies, part of the US' National Defence University, made the stark remarks in its Strategic Assessment 2020.
Kim Jong-un’s regime is believed to have between 15-60 nuclear warheads and around 650 ballistic missiles.
These could strike cities in South Korea, along with Japan and eastern China.
The report warns it “has also tested intercontinental ballistic missiles that could be capable of striking the United States”, South Korean news agency Yonhap reports.
Along with North Korea’s nuclear arsenal, around 1.2 million soldiers are “forward-deployed toward the Demilitarized Zone in an offensive posture”.
The hermit kingdom has funded its ballistic missiles by trading military technology with Iran, the report claims.
Back in July, research carried out by the US Department of the Army stated the regime is the third biggest possessor of chemical agents – with 2,500-5,000 tonnes and 20 different types.
The authors of the report, called North Korean tactics, said Kim’s scientists have been working on weaponising anthrax or smallpox, and potentially mounting them on missiles to use against South Korea or the US.
It is believed the hermit kingdom also has an army of more than 6,000 hackers who are operating in countries such as China , India and Russia .
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The report warns they can “reach targeted computers anywhere in the world”.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in and incoming US President Joe Biden have already agreed to work together to resolve the North Korean nuclear issue.
Biden described South Korea as a “linchpin” of security in the region during their conversation on Thursday, November 12, according to Moon’s spokesman Kang Min-seok.
Moon asked Biden to "communicate closely" on denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula.
The Democrat said he would “closely cooperate” in efforts to resolve the North Korean nuclear question, Yonhap reported.
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