North Korea preparing for another nuclear weapons test

Remigio Civitarese
Giugno 25, 2017

On Friday, South Korean President Moon Jae-in inspected the test-launch of a mid-range missile that is being developed by its military.

Moon's office quoted him as saying Friday that the launch was important for the South to maintain military capability that could "dominate" the North in order to maintain peace on the peninsula and for future engagement policies with the North to be effective.

The latest series of tests conducted by North Korea have raised fears that North Korea plans to attack South Korea, Japan, and US military installations in the Pacific.

North Korea has tested several new missile systems this year in an accelerated effort to strengthen its nuclear weapons and missiles program.

Having witnessed the launch 200 kilometers (124 miles) southwest of Seoul, Moon said he had "personally confirmed that the people may be at ease" following a series of North Korean missile tests this year alone. Moon's decision to reveal the details to the foreign media ahead of the South Korea-US summit was seen as meant to stress that the environmental impact assessment he ordered for the THAAD site was an unavoidable measure to guarantee the deployment's procedural legitimacy and transparency.

According to unnamed United States officials there are signs of increased activity at North Korea's lone nuclear test site.

The officials told Reuters they believed the test could be part of Pyongyang's programme to develop an inter-continental ballistic missile.

Before that, US Forces Korea had attempted to deliver the fuel by truck, but had been blocked by local residents.

The officials told Fox News that the latest engine test on Thursday was conducted in the city of Yun Song, where previous rocket tests have taken place.

Calling North Korea the "top security threat" to the United States, Tillerson said China had a "diplomatic responsibility to exert much greater economic and diplomatic pressure on the regime if they want to prevent further escalation in the region".

However, the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman questioned such calls.

The deployment of the THAAD U.S. missile defense system to South Korea is another key topic for the upcoming summit.

Any military solution to the North Korea crisis would be "tragic on an unbelievable scale", Trump's defense secretary, Jim Mattis, said last month.

President Donald Trump warned that a "major, major conflict" with North Korea is possible and the USA will respond if provoked.

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