N. Korea could conduct nuclear test at any time: Sung Kim
Updated: 2022-06-08 10:01:53 KST
Special U.S. Representative for North Korea Sung Kim warned that Pyeongyang seems to have completed preparations for what will be its seventh nuclear test.
Speaking during a telephone briefing on Tuesday, Kim also noted there is not a clear timetable for the possible test.
He reiterated what other U.S. officials have already said acknowledging that the regime had completed preparations at its nuclear test site in Punggye-ri.
Kim highlighted that Washington hopes that the regime will refrain from conducting such a provocation, which could lead to serious uncertainties in the region.
The U.S. envoy also emphasized that his country maintains close coordination with its allies and partners to respond to any provocation from North Korea in a swift and strong manner.
Kim, nevertheless, had already stressed that the U.S. is open to a more comprehensive and flexible approach towards the North if it intends to find a diplomatic resolution to solve its nuclear issue.
He explained how Washington had continued to reach out to the North for talks over the past year, adding that there was no response from the regime.
Tensions on the Korean Peninsula have been escalating with Pyeongyang exhibiting signs of a possible nuclear test, on top of the 18 missile tests conducted so far since the beginning of this year.
Kim Hyo-sun, Arirang News.