South Korea said the possibility of North Korea’s nuclear test is increasing, and the move could take place in the second half of October or early November.
“South Korea’s National Intelligence Service (NIS) said that if North Korea tests a nuclear weapon, it could happen around the time of the 20th Communist Party Congress of China on October 16. until November 7, close to the midterm parliamentary elections in the US,” MP Yoo Sang-beom, a member of the ruling National Power Party, told reporters today.
Associated Yonhap Quoting members of South Korea’s parliamentary intelligence committee, who heard the report from the NIS, the preparations at North Korea’s Punggye-ri nuclear test site have been completed.
Commenting on the information, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin today reaffirmed China’s position that it is necessary to maintain stability on the Korean peninsula. “Relevant parties need to take action to address legitimate and reasonable concerns from Pyongyang,” Wang said.
The United States has previously said North Korea is in a “provocation phase” but Washington remains open to dialogue with Pyongyang.
“We’ve talked about North Korea’s provocative actions in recent months. We’ve repeatedly suggested that North Korea could conduct a nuclear test without warning,” State Department spokesman Ned Price said. know on 9/26.
Both US and South Korean officials believe that North Korea has completed preparations for its seventh nuclear test. Pyongyang has previously conducted nuclear tests six times, most recently in September 2017.
South Korea said on September 25 that North Korea had launched a ballistic missile into the eastern seaboard. Price warned that North Korea’s provocations would only further strengthen the US defense commitment to South Korea and other allies in the region.
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