Kim Jong-un could spark WW3 by launching a North Korean sarin gas attack
The worrying claim was made by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe this morning, amid concerns North Korea is about to conduct a nuclear test.
Mr Abe told Japan’s parliament this morning: “There is a possibility North Korea already has a capability to deliver missiles with sarin as warheads.”
Sarin has a tragic legacy in Japan. In 1995 a doomsday cult killed 12 and made thousands more sick in during a coordinated terror attack on the Tokyo subway.
Kim Jong-un could have been inspired by Assad, who is believed to have killed 87 people, including many children, in a sarin attack in Syria last week. His government and his Kremlin allies deny the accusation.
Inside North Korea: The pictures Kim Jong-un doesn't want you to see
Wed, April 12, 2017
Photographer Eric Lafforgue ventured to North Korea six times. Thanks to digital memory cards, he was able to save photos that was forbidden to take inside the segregated state
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Taking pictures in the DMZ is easy, but if you come too close to the soldiers, they stop you
It comes as tension continues to ratchet up on the Korean peninsular, amid growing animosity between America and North Korea – as well as between the US and Kim Jong-un’s allies Russia.
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At least 87 people, including many children, were killed in last week's attack in Syria
There are fears North Korea could launch a missile attack, either from a series of sites in the hermit state or even from a hidden submarine.
Kim has already warned he will not hesitate in attacking his many enemies, while US president Donald Trump has responded with a show of force by sending a Navy attack group to the west Pacific.
North Korea has been acting increasingly aggressive in recent months
Kim Jong-un has promised to deliver 'doom' to his enemies
Things are expected to come to a head on Saturday, when North Korea marks the 105th anniversary of the birth of state founder Kim il-Sung.
Leaders in the past have used the symbolic date to carry out weapons tests – and satellite imagery appears to show a test site being prepared.
North Korean monitor website 38 North said photos taken last weekend show vehicles at a suspicious site, along with cables which indicate a tunnel test is being prepared.
And foreign journalists currently in Pyongyang have been told by North Korean minders to prepare for a big event.