Seoul: North Korea likely to conduct sixth nuclear test soon

Seoul: North Korea likely to conduct sixth nuclear test soon
# 01 August 2017 01:10 (UTC +04:00)

South Korea’s Defense Ministry said Monday that North Korea will likely conduct its sixth nuclear test and and another intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) test launch, in the wake of two controversial launches in July.

"There is a possibility that North Korea is likely to test its nuclear warhead and missile capabilities through a nuclear test with more explosive power," the Ministry of National Defense warned at an emergency meeting of National Assembly’s Defense Committee, adding that Pyongyang could carry out such a test at its Punggye-ri nuclear test site at any time.

The meeting was convened late Friday night following what analysts believe was the North’s second ICBM test launch.

The North’s July 4 test, also deemed an ICBM by the West, elicited international outcry. Pyongyang now claims that the whole of the US mainland is within its striking range, according to Yonhap News Agency.

Pyongyang has also claimed that it is able to attach a nuclear warhead to its projectiles, but South Korean Defense Minister Song Young-moo told lawmakers that this was hard to prove, even if missiles with interconti

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