“Everyone held their breath”: the head of the IAEA spoke about the preparation of the DPRK for nuclear tests
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Rafael Grossi hopes that the DPRK will not proceed with the seventh nuclear test, but at the same time admits that the risk of such a scenario is very high.
North Korea may “re-mothball” nuclear bomb tests for the first time since 2017. This was stated by the Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency Rafael Grossi.
North Korea's seventh nuclear test, he said, would be another confirmation of a program that is moving forward at full speed, which is of great concern.
“Everyone held their breath about this,” Grossi said.
< p>He stressed that North Korea's continued work to resume nuclear testing would mean that the country was assembling its nuclear arsenal.
“We hope that this will not happen, but the signs, unfortunately, go straight elsewhere direction,” Grossi said.
North Korea's preparations for the seventh nuclear test: what is known
A few days earlier, a number of media outlets reported that North Korea had begun preparations for new nuclear tests.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un was able to strengthen his forces as the United States focused on isolating Russia because of the war in Ukraine and growing tensions with China. Now there is practically no chance that the Russian Federation or China, which have the right of veto in the Security Council, will support any sanctions against the DPRK if they are initiated, the agency writes. At the same time, conducting nuclear tests will be a violation of Security Council resolutions.
According to South Korean leader Yoon Seok-yeol, nuclear testing by the DPRK today looks like an inevitable step.
The United States, South Korea and Japan has already promised to respond severely to Pyongyang's actions. Washington believes that the DPRK can conduct a test at any time.
Focus also wrote that the DPRK launched a ballistic missile towards Japan. The government of the Land of the Rising Sun said that North Korea launched an intercontinental missile that can fly 3,000 kilometers.