N Korea prepares to carry out new nuclear test

North Korea prepares for another nuclear test, media reports suggest

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

North Korea is getting ready to carry out yet another nuclear test, blaming the confrontational policies of the United States and its allies, according to South Korea's National Intelligence Service, Yonhap News Agency reported. The intelligence service said that the test was not imminent, and failed to elaborate on the type of test that would be conducted.

South Korean parliamentarians Lee Cheol-woo and Shin Kyoung-min, stated in a press conference that South Korea was monitoring the North’s nuclear facilities through “human” and “technological” means, but failed to provide further detail.

A month ago, North Korea said that it restarted all its nuclear bomb fuel production plants, starting speculation that they may carry out a fourth nuclear test. North Korea last conducted a nuclear test in 2013, as well as in 2006 and 2009, drawing United Nations sanctions.

North and South Korea remain in fact at war under a detente they signed in 1953 with the US, which led United Nations powers backing the South, and China, which battled the North.

South Korea, the US, China, Japan and Russia have undergone numerous sessions of negotiations, aimed at ending the North's nuclear programme, but its been stalled since 2009.

At a joint news conference on October 16 at the White House, Korean President Park Geun-hye (left), and US President Barack Obama show unity in dealing with North Korea

Last week, US President Barack Obama and his South Korean counterpart Park Guen-hye held a joint press conference in Washington. They warned against another nuclear test by the North and urged the country to rejoin the long-suspended six-nation talks on ending its nuclear programme. Park also declared that both were open for talks on sanctions, however, Pyongyang needed to prove that they were serious.

Following Obama-Park`s meeting on Saturday, North Korea rejected the concept of resuming talks to end its nuclear programme, arguing that previous attempts ended in failure, and reiterated its demand that Washington comes to the table for negotiating a peace treaty.

North Korea has been making continuous threats against its neighbours and the US, which often coincides with the annual joint military exercises held by South Korea and US-forces.

TRTWorld and agencies