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Chilling satellite images of North Korea show Kim Jong-un is mining for uranium

The most recent satellite photographs of North Korea show a huge increase in activity around known uranium mines since January, sparking fears dictator Kim Jong-un is still creating enriched uranium for use in nuclear weapons.

Photos dated November 3 show what are believed to be working uranium mines in the southern province of Pyongsan. The site has clearly been extended since satellites last photographed the area in January.

As well as this, there is noticeable rail car activity between the two north-easternmost mines on the site and a nearby uranium ore concentration plant, reports renowned North Korea observers 38North.

Enriched uranium is one of the key materials in creating nuclear warheads.

The news comes just days after it was reported North Korea has an arsenal of "60 nuclear weapons and 1million troops all ready for imminent war".

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.

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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”.

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