North Korea Threatens Nuclear Test ‘At Any Moment,’ Vows To Accelerate Nuclear Program
North Korea defiantly threatened that it will carry out a nuclear test at any time and at any location. On Monday, a North Korean foreign ministry spokesperson said, “The DPRK’s measures for bolstering the nuclear force to the maximum will be taken in a consecutive and successive way at any moment and any place decided by its supreme leadership.”
This hints that Pyongyang may be launching a long-range missile or conducting another nuclear test, which would be their sixth. North Korea’s nuclear tests and missile tests are violations of U.N. Security Council resolutions, something that the reclusive country has been doing since at least 2002.
The isolated nation also vowed to accelerate their nuclear weapons program.
“Now that the U.S. is kicking up the overall racket for sanctions and pressure against the DPRK, pursuant to its new DPRK policy called ‘maximum pressure and engagement,’ the DPRK will speed up at the maximum pace the measure for bolstering its nuclear deterrence,” the spokesman said in a statement carried by North Korea’s official KCNA news agency.
The spokesperson said Pyongyang was “fully ready to respond to any option taken by the United States.”
The spokesman said if North Korea was not armed with “the powerful nuclear force” the United States would have “committed without hesitation the same brigandish aggression act in Korea as what it committed against other countries.”
The spokesperson added that North Korea will continue bolstering its “preemptive nuclear attack capabilities unless Washington scrapped its hostile policies.”
Experts believe North Korea is making progress in developing intermediate-range and submarine-launched missiles.
This comes at a time when tensions are running sky-high on the Korean peninsula.
““There is a chance that we could end up having a major, major conflict with North Korea,” President Donald Trump said this week.
Trump did say that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is “a pretty smart cookie” for being able to stay in power after taking over the country at a young age.