North Korea soldiers ‘given nuclear backpacks’ as tensions rise over US-South Korean military exercises

North Korean soldiers march during a mass military parade at Kim Il-Sung square in Pyongyang on October 10, 2015 AFP/Getty Images

 

Report comes after series of weapons tests by Kim Jong-un’s forces

Elite North Korean soldiers are being armed with “nuclear backpacks”, a source has claimed as tensions increase over the authoritarian state’s attempts at military escalation.

An anonymous source told Radio Free Asia special units have been formed since March to carry the weapons and had been taking part in simulated training exercises with dummy bombs.

“Outstanding soldiers were selected from each reconnaissance platoon and light infantry brigade to form the nuclear backpack unit the size of a battalion,” the source from North Hamgyong province was quoted as saying.

The supposed weapons were said to weigh between 10 and 30 kilograms and be able to “spray radioactive material”, possibly uranium, on the enemy.

North Korea has made considerable progress on weapons technology this year, including testing a submarine-launched missile for the first time, but it is unclear whether its nuclear material has been developed into a warhead able to be mounted on a missile.

It conducted its fourth nuclear explosion in January and followed it up with a series of missile tests, in spite of severe United Nations sanctions.

Full article: North Korea soldiers ‘given nuclear backpacks’ as tensions rise over US-South Korean military exercises (The Independent)

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