Published: Tue, April 19, 2016
Economy | By Melissa Porter

North Korea preparing nuclear test: South Korea's Park Geun-Hye

President Park said Monday there are signs that North Korea is preparing a fifth nuclear bomb test amid reports of increased brisk activity at the country's main nuclear test site.

Park has ordered the South Korean military to prepare to deal with any provocation from Pyongyang.

The UN Security Council responded with its toughest sanctions to date, angering the North. It has since made repeated threats of attacks targeting Seoul and Washington.

"We are in a situation, in which we don't know whether North Korea could stage provocation as a move to overcome its isolation and to consolidate its internal unity", Ms. Park said told her top aides, Yonhap reported.

It also points out that UNSC resolutions on North Korean nuclear tests and missile launches, adopted on five occasions from 2006 through March this year, prohibit the country from test-launching ballistic missiles, regardless of their range.

North Korea is set to hold the Workers' Party Congress early next month during which the North's leader Kim Jong-un is expected to trumpet his policy of simultaneously pursuing economic development and nuclear weapons.

"Recently, North Korea's preparations for the fifth nuclear test are being detected", she told on a meeting.

Ri said that the change in United States administrations has no influence on North Korea.

The revelation comes just days after the despot failed in his attempt to launch a ballistic missile capable of reaching American soil.

Following the North's fourth nuclear test, the US sent its B-52 strategic bomber to fly over South Korea in a show of its commitment to Seoul's defense, and the two allies have also carried out annual joint military exercises on a larger scale than before, Kim said.

At a forum in Seoul, Lim Sung-nam, vice foreign minister, said that more pressure and punishment against North Korea was needed.

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