North Korea could mark military birthday with missile test

South Korea was bracing for a possible show of strength from North Korea to commemorate the 85th anniversary of the Korean People's Army on Tuesday.
By Ian Marsh | Apr 26, 2017
South Korea was bracing for a possible show of strength from North Korea to commemorate the 85th anniversary of the Korean People's Army on Tuesday.

According to Yonhap, a South Korean news agency, there was "speculation that North Korea may conduct its sixth nuclear test or launch a long-range missile."

However, a spokesperson for South Korea's unification ministry said Monday that no dangerous activity had been detected.

"When it comes to the anniversary, there have been no unusual signs in North Korea," ministry spokesperson Lee Duk-having said.

North Korea has issued constant threats aimed at the United States and its allies.

The threats continued Monday after North Korea's defense minister warned that "precise and advanced striking" plans targeting the U.S and its allies are already in place.

Pyongyang previously threatened to attack the USS Carl Vinson, a U.S aircraft carrier en route to the Korean Peninsula.

According to North Korea's official Korean Central Agency News, Park Yong-Sik, the North's defense minister, said that his country's nuclear weapons are capable of striking U.S military bases in Asia-Pacific areas, and also the U.S homeland.

President Donald Trump has warned that his government has not ruled out a military strike to destabilize Pyongyang's ambitions.

Trump has been lobbying China to put pressure on North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

China, North Korea's closest ally, has called for restraint. In a phone conversation with Trump on Monday, Chinese President Xi Jinping stressed the importance of compromise to denuclearize the Korean peninsula as soon as possible.

 

 

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