North Korea may conduct another nuclear or missile test as the secretive state looks to forward its nuclear capabilities and weapons program, South Korea warned Monday.
The South Korean defence ministry warned parliament that the North’s nuclear test site remained “ready” for a new test, Yonhap News Agency reported.
“(The North) will continue such provocations as additional nuclear tests and missile launches to secure its nuclear capabilities … The Punggye-ri nuclear test site remains ready for a (new) test,” the ministry said.
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The defence ministry was addressing its assessment of North Korea’s test of an intermediate-range missile that was launched over Japan on Friday. The defence ministry also clarified its assessment that said the North was “near the final phase” of its intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) development, and “will continue provocations including additional nuclear tests and missile launches in order to …