Fears the despot could be gearing up for another military provocation have been heightened in recent days after the DPRK’s supreme leader called his top army and government officials to a meeting yesterday.
And an ominous visit to Mount Paektu – often a place used for contemplation by Kim before he launches attacks on his detractors – further raised suspicions of an impending threat.
Now highly regarded North Korean experts at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington DC have warned a test is likely to take place soon.
Analysis carried out by CSIS last month claimed there was an “elevated chance of provocations” in December, while an international expert from the think tank said a “ballistic missile test” was “expected on 17th of December”.
GETTYNorth Korea have long used anniversaries as excuses to test fire weapons of mass destruction
The date coincides with the death of the hermit kingdom’s former autocratic rules Kim Jong-il – the current ruling Kim’s father.
North Korea have long used anniversaries, including the founding of their military and key dates for the Kim dynasty, as excuses to test fire their potentially deadly weaponry.
It comes after an escalation in tests as Kim looks to secure his legacy by making North Korea a World War 3 ready nuclear state.
Kim’s regime have fired 23 missiles in 15 tests since February – three of which were ICBMs.
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