Not giving up the nuclear dream: Kim Jong-un unveils North Korea’s atom-shaped science building
- Kim visited the new 'state-of-the-art' complex on an island in Pyongyang
- Secretive state boasts the facility has an 'earthquake experience room'
- Also has 'touch computers, projectors' and other 'up-to-date equipment'
- The shape of the building suggests it will be key to nuclear ambitions
When you are one of the world's most notorious dictators, there is no point in not being clear about what you want.
And Kim Jong-un has been exceedingly clear on what he wants with the unveiling of his new sci-tech complex - where the main building happens to be shaped like an atom, in case any of those inside should forget the long-term aim.
The North Korean leader was pictured beaming in front of the shiny new building on an island in the middle of Pyongyang's Taedong River where, no doubt, he hopes the secretive state will further their nuclear ambitions.
Happy chappy: Kim Jong-Un looks out across the 'Sci-Tech Complex', built on an island in Pyongyang
Warning: The main building resembles an atom - no doubt a hint at the country's nuclear ambitions
High tech: The official North Korean news agency revealed it was filled with the very latest equipment
Kim popped into visit the newly opened centre, which the state-controlled Korean Central News Agency reported included an 'earthquake experience room, virtual science laboratory and other sectional sci-tech show halls'.
It also boasts 'touch computers, projectors and other various kinds of up-to-date equipment', as well as 'a nice outdoor sci-tech exhibition consisting of future energy, science games and other districts'.
The agency reports that Kim's 'heart is filled with confidence that socialist Korea will surely hit the goal of prosperity with inexhaustible strength of the army and people who are ready to remove a mountain and empty sea when the Party is determined to do', thanks to the centre.
He was particularly excited, the agency reported, about the buildings' green credentials.
However, the international community is probably more interested in what he plans to get the scientists employed within the complex working on.
Enviromentally-friendly: Kim was apparently particularly delighted with the building's green credentials
Learning: The North Korean dictator was given a guided tour of the facilities, including this library
Fears: The US and neighbouring South Korea are fearful of the secretive state's future plans
Future: But Kim declared himself delighted, saying his 'heart is filled with confidence that socialist Korea will surely hit the goal of prosperity with inexhaustible strength of the army'
It has long been known the country wants to develop its own nuclear weapons, with three tests taking place in the last decade.
Pyongyang is now thought to be preparing its fourth nuclear test: after shutting its main nuclear facility in 2007 as part of international talks, the regime announced that it had restored full operations at its Yongbyon complex.
At almost the same time, KCNA announced that the regime was preparing to send a number of satellites 'soaring into the sky' as part of its 'development of space science'.
While Pyongyang claims the anticipated launch is part of a peaceful space program, South Korea and U.S. consider it a pretext to hone long-range missile technology that could one day potentially deliver nuclear weapons across continents.