Kim Jong-un shows off North Korean missile plans as tensions with United States rise

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North Korea has appeared to show off the details of two untested missile systems during a factory inspection by dictator Kim Jong-un.

Picture released by the state-controlled KCNA news agency appear to show the North Korean leader flaunting wall charts describing missiles during a visit to the Academy of Defence Sciences facility.

The missiles, called the Hwasong-13 and Pukguksong-3, appear from the photographs to be an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICMB) and a submarine launched ballistic missile (SLBM).

The plans are largely obscured by officials visiting the facility in the photographs.

Kim Jong-un escorted by military officials through the facility (REUTERS)

Shin Jong-woo, secretary general of the Korea Defense and Security Forum, told South Korean newspaper JoongAng Daily the state “has a history of displaying actual weapons” in a deliberate show of force against America.

Tensions between The United States and North Korea have reached critical levels in recent weeks, with both Kim Jong-un and president Donald Trump threatening each other with strikes.

Earlier this month, Mr Trump said the totalitarian regime would face “fire and fury unlike any the world has seen before” if it attacked US territory.

It came after North Korea claimed it was ready to fire four missiles at the US territory of Guam, though the dictator backed down as tensions grew.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un smiles as he stands near the plans (REUTERS)

The tiny US Pacific territory island hosts 7,000 military personnel on two main bases and has a population of 160,000.

In total, ten photos were attached with the report in KCNA, with one showing Kim Jong-un smiling as he showed off the designs.

According to KCNA, Kim Jong-un has ordered scientists at the facility to produce more rocket fuel for the missiles.

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