North Korea to test nuclear warhead, state media reports

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SEOUL, South Korea — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has given orders for his country to conduct tests of a nuclear warhead and several types of ballistic rockets that can carry nuclear warheads in a “short time,” the state-run KCNA news agency reported.

The announcement comes amid rising tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

North Korea fired two short-range ballistic missiles toward the sea on Thursday.

On Saturday, the United States and South Korea began an eight-week series of annual joint military exercises billed as the largest ever.

North Korea said last week that it would make a “pre-emptive and offensive nuclear strike” in response to the exercises.

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