In April 2016, the BBC News web-site published North Korea nuclear tests: what did they achieve?, which evaluated a March 2016 announcement that had made a nuclear warhead that would fit in a missile.

It included this photo and caption:

Kim Jong-un appears to be inspecting a nuclear warhead

North Korea's state media showed a picture of Kim Jong-Un inspecting the purported nuclear warhead

Is this an authentic picture of Kim Jong-Un with a nuclear weapon (or prototype)?

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    I've seen a few pictures of nukes, and none looked like that. True, the device would likely be roughly spherical, but would not be likely to have such a smooth exterior. I'd expect to see something closer to the Fat Man device. (If it were just the "core" it would be unlikely to have that odd-shaped connector sticking out.) Commented Aug 10, 2017 at 1:31
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    I am having trouble imagining a definite answer which meets skeptics standards. The North Koreans could make a fancy polished steel sphere for photo ops, or they could make a real bomb. All of the news coverage I have seen has a heavy component of "we really don't know what is going on." Commented Aug 10, 2017 at 16:24
  • @Oddthinking if you can't prove otherwise the burden of proof is on your side like with any claim.
    – Grasper
    Commented Aug 10, 2017 at 17:11
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    @Grasper: Sorry, you lost me.
    – Oddthinking
    Commented Aug 10, 2017 at 17:35
  • This is not answerable. Voted to close. Commented Aug 14, 2017 at 13:29


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