North Korea Nuclear Bomb Test Soon?
North Korea is capable of conducting a fifth nuclear test at any time amid signs of continued activities in the communist state's nuclear experiment site according to experts said SU Ministry said Monday
"We believe that North Korea is able to carry out a fifth nuclear test immediately," ministry spokesperson Jeong Joon-hee said during a regular briefing, stressing that the government is preparing for "all possibilities."
Seoul officials have said that Pyongyang remains "technically ready" to conduct another underground atomic experiment, and that it would push ahead with another test based upon a "political" decision.
Last week, Pyongyang threatened to conduct another test of nuclear warheads and ballistic missiles, further heightening tensions on the Korean Peninsula. The threat is seen as response to the ongoing South Korea-U.S. military drills and the recent round of new U.N. sanctions to North Korea for its nuclear test in January and long-range rocket test in February.
38 North has said that there has been "continued activity" at the North's main nuclear experiment site in Punggye-ri in the northeastern part of the country. It said that it is highly likely that the site is capable of "supporting additional tests at any time.
North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un has continued to defy the world with ongoing military tests prohibited by UN sanctions.
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