N. Korea “almost ready” for nuclear test – media
North Korea is finalizing preparations for its third ever nuclear test. “Soon. Preparations are almost complete,” Reuters cited a source with close ties to Pyongyang.
According to Reuters, the very same source reported on North Korea’s plans to carry out a nuclear test in 2006 just several days before it actually happened.
South Korean media quoted intelligence agencies as saying that North Korea was planning on an underground nuclear test. This conclusion was made after studying satellite shots of the North Korean test grounds.
News of the upcoming test emerged on the heels of the failed launch of Korea’s experimental Earth-orbiting satellite, the Kwangmyongsong-3, which many countries criticized as a clandestine ballistic missile test.
The UN Security Council has responded with a series of resolutions demanding that North Korea terminate its military nuclear program.
US slams China for help in N. Korea missile program
The US has accused the Chinese Hubei Sanjiang company of providing Pyongyang with components of mobile rocket launchers in violation of corresponding UN sanctions, Reuters has cited White House press secretary Jay Carney as saying.
According to Carney, the launchers were spotted when transporting missiles at the parade to mark the 100th anniversary of the late President Kim Il Sung's birth.
Chinese missile components could have allegedly been used to assemble the mobile launcher that transported the rocket.
(RIAN, Reuters, TASS)