Deputy spokesperson for the US State Department: North Korea could complete preparations for its 7th nuclear test by the end of this month

Jolina Porter, Deputy Spokesperson for the U.S. State Department [이미지 출처= 미국 국무부 홈페이지]

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[아시아경제 박병희 기자] A deputy spokesperson for the US State Department said on the 6th (local time) that North Korea could complete preparations for its seventh nuclear test by the end of this month.

When asked about North Korea’s readiness for a nuclear test at a press briefing on the same day, State Department deputy spokeswoman Jeolina Porter said, “The United States is saying that North Korea is preparing the Punggye-ri nuclear test site, and that it will be ready for a seventh test here as early as this month. evaluate,” he said.

Deputy Spokesperson Porter said the assessment was consistent with North Korea’s recent public statement, and said the United States would work closely with its allies and partners, sharing information. He also referred to President Biden’s trips to South Korea and Japan this month, saying the trip strengthens the alliance and demonstrates that security promises are strong.

North Korea conducted its sixth nuclear test in September 2017. The following year, in April 2018, as the mood for the North Korea-U.S. summit between then President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un was created, he voluntarily declared a moratorium on suspending nuclear tests and intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) test launches. In May of that year, the Punggye-ri nuclear test site was destroyed by bombing. However, it was evaluated that North Korea destroyed the entrance to the nuclear test site at the time, but did not blow up the entire underground structure.

North Korea has shown a different attitude by conducting ballistic missile test-fires one after another this year. He threatened that the suspension of nuclear tests and ICBM launches could be abolished, and actually carried out the dismantlement of the moratorium by test-fired ICBMs on March 24.

Recently, as satellite images have continuously confirmed North Korea’s excavation work on the side of Tunnel 3 at the Punggye-ri nuclear test site, concerns have been steadily raised that the tunnel could be used for tests such as tactical nuclear weapons.

CNN Broadcasting has also been releasing reports about the resumption of North Korea’s nuclear test every day. CNN reported the day before, citing US government officials, that US defense and intelligence agencies were expecting North Korea to be ready to resume its underground nuclear test later this month. Also on the 6th, it was reported that a new movement was detected around the Punggye-ri nuclear test site command post, citing satellite image analysis of 38 North, a US media outlet specializing in North Korea. In particular, it was reported that for the first time since North Korea began restoration of Tunnel 3, a cargo truck was caught parked in front of the headquarters of the nuclear test site command post.

By Park Byung-hee, staff reporter [email protected]

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