North Korea may be preparing to launch a long-range missile as soon as in a week, Japan’s Kyodo news agency has reported, citing an unnamed Japanese government official.
The official cited signs of possible preparations for a missile launch based on analysis of satellite imagery.
North Korea conducted its fourth nuclear test on Jan 6., which is expected to result in fresh sanctions at the United Nations.
Earlier on Wednesday, John Kerry, the US secretary of state, said that a nuclear-armed North Korea poses an “overt threat, a declared threat to the world”.
Washington is pushing for a strong United Nations response to the North’s latest atomic blast – which Pyongyang said was a miniaturised hydrogen bomb, a claim largely dismissed by experts – with enhanced sanctions. (Read more from “North Korea ‘Preparing Long-Range Missile Launch Next Week'” HERE)