Express.co.uk By Oli Smith Posted Sun., April16, 2017
Kim Jong-un is expected to push ahead with plans to carry out a North Korean nuclear test in just ten days time, according to reports.
The rogue regime endured global humiliation after their intermediate balistic missile yesterday blew up “within seconds” of the test launch.
However, the volatile leader has refused to back down despite the region edging towards all-out war with the US. Instead, North Korea is expected to launch its biggest ever nuclear missile test in on April 25.
Experts believe that Kim Jong-un will choose to make a stand on the date later this month, tying the launch to country’s celebration of Military Foundation Day.
North Korea has a consistent record of nuclear test launches on national holidays.
However, sources from the Trump White House claim a nuclear test would prompt a strong military response. A White House official said: “If it had of been a nuclear test, then other actions would have been taken from the US.”
Will Ripley from CNN said: “We know with North Korea that if at first, you don’t succeed, try and try again.
“Kim Jong-un has made it clear that failures don’t deter him or his rocket scientists.
“So it is a matter of when, not if, the next test is.
“Experts believe that it will happen either while Vice President Pence is in the region, or April 25th, which is a military anniversary here.
“This remains unconfirmed but we do know that North Korea’s nuclear test site in Punggye-ri is primed and ready for sixth nuclear test.”
North Korea’s Vice Foreign Minister echoed this, claiming: “Nothing that will stop us from conducting a nuclear test whenever we see fit.”
Earlier, South Korean and US military officials said a North Korean missile had detonated soon after launch. The US Pacific Command confirmed that the failed launch was likely to be a medium ballistic missile.
Following this defiant move, National Security Advisor General McMaster revealed the US and China were working on a “range of options” on North Korea. The top US security advisor said there was agreement with China that this was a “situation that just can’t continue”.
He added: “The president has made clear that he will not accept the United States and its allies and partners in the region being under threat from this hostile regime with nuclear weapons.”