North Korea may test nukes amid US provocations, Russian ambassador says

North Korea may test nukes amid US provocations, Russian ambassador says
# 07 February 2024 05:28 (UTC +04:00)

North Korea may decide to conduct another nuclear test if the United States continues taking provocative steps in the region, the Russian ambassador to Pyongyang, Alexander Matsegora, said in an interview with TASS, APA reports.

"Western countries and UN Secretariat officials cannot know a priori if arrangements are underway here for a seventh nuclear test," the Russian diplomat said, commenting on Western allegations that Pyongyang is working to prepare yet another nuclear test, as he dismissed any such rhetoric as mere "speculations."

"I think whether or not there will be another nuclear experiment in North Korea depends on how the military-political situation on the peninsula will unfold. If expanded US-South Korean nuclear deterrence <…> or other provocative steps toward the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea continue or if US Air Force strategic bombers continue to fly over the peninsula, the North Korean leadership may as well decide to conduct a new nuclear test for the sake of further strengthening of its defense capabilities," Matsegora explained.

According to the envoy, the responsibility for such unwelcome developments "will lie completely with Washington" and with Seoul, too, even though he admitted that little depends on the latter here.

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