By Judy Kwon, Catherine E. Shoichet and Juliet Perry, CNN
Updated 1056 GMT (1856 HKT) March 15, 2016
Tweet.ng updated (2:37 GMT) March 15, 2016.
CNN: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has ordered tests of a nuclear warhead in the “nearest future,” state-run news agency KCNA said Tuesday.
According to KCNA, the proposed tests are the result of years of development and “diligent research” into heat-resistant materials and technology.
Kim Jong Un guided an “environmental simulation for re-entry by the warhead tip,” the report said.
Kim Jong Un has reportedly ordered ballistic rockets tests to “enhance the reliance of nuclear attack capability.”
South Korean President, Park Geun-Hye, warned North Korea should be ready to accept the consequences if it did not curb its nuclear ambitions.
“North Korea will walk the path of self-destruction if it does not change,” Park said at a cabinet meeting.
South Korea’s Defense Ministry spokesman, Moon Sang-kyun, also questioned the authenticity of the claims.
“It’s North Korea’s one-way statement. From our analysis on various sources, it has not achieved re-entry technology,” he said at a press briefing.