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North Korea has produced the world’s first nuclear-powered smartphone, as the enigmatic nation cocks a snook at South Korean rivals Samsung and LG across the demilitarised zone.

Dubbed the “People’s Phone” and retailing for 2.7 million won (£1,500), the state-produced handset is powered by a single-core nuclear reactor that takes the place of the quad-core processors of current-generation smartphones.

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The phone also houses a cooling mechanism and an integrated fission core that means it never requires recharging. A lead coating around the power source keeps users safe from radiation.

Giv Mi Jip of the Department of Communications and Monitoring said: “For too long outside agents from the West have portrayed the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea as out of step with the modern world.

“The People’s Phone proves our nation is a technology leader.”

Loaded with photos and videos of Kim Jong-il and Kim Jong-un, buyers also get highlights of the Dear Leader’s speeches and quotes and wisdom from The Little Red Book.

The People’s Phone will be sold directly to citizens by the Ministry of People's Defense and select government-approved outlets.

US military officials have purportedly termed the device the 'nPhone' and suggest its capabilities "match that of the iPhone, only with more radiation".

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