North Korea may be capable of sarin-tipped missiles: Shinzo Abe

By Harry Marcolis | Apr 15, 2017
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Thursday that North Korea might have the ability to deliver missiles equipped with sarin nerve gas.

Abe's comments come amid concerns that the secretive state could soon conduct its sixth nuclear test or more missile launches.

"There is a possibility that North Korea already has a capability to deliver missiles with sarin as warheads, "Abe told a parliamentary session.

In 1995, members of a Japanese doomsday cult killed 12 people and made thousands ill, in simultaneous attacks with sarin nerve gas. The group carried out the attacks on five Tokyo rush-hour subway trains.

Tensions have escalated on the on the Korean Peninsula over North Korea's continued missile testing program.

The United States has warned that it could take unilateral action.

Donald Trump's US administration has also sent a navy carrier group near the Korean Peninsula, in a show of force aimed at preventing more tests.

North Korea will mark the 105th anniversary of the birth of state founder Kim II Sung on Saturday. Called the 'Day of the Sun' and North Korea's biggest national day, the celebration has also been used by leaders in the past to carry out weapon tests.

Pyongyang has carried out several missile tests this year. The latest test was on April 5, when North Korea fired a ballistic missile into the sea off the country's coast.

On Friday, China called for tension over North Korea stopped from reaching an 'irreversible and unmanageable stage, amid fears that the North is planning to conduct its sixth nuclear weapons test.

North Korea conducted its fifth nuclear test on Sep. 9, 2016.



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