South Korean officials warn that North Korea may launch an intercontinental ballistic missile Saturday.
Saturday is Foundation Day in North Korea. It is one of the North’s most important holidays, along with Kim Il-Sung and Kim Jong-Il’s birthdays.
To celebrate and show military might, they may test fire an intercontinental ballistic missile, South Korea’s Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon warned Thursday.
“I believe that now is the time to strengthen sanctions to the maximum level,” Lee said. “While securing military deterrence means. Dialogue is ultimately necessary, but now is not the time to talk about dialogue with North Korea.”
Fox News reports:
North Korea reportedly moved an ICBM toward its west coast earlier this week, according to the South Korean paper Asia Business Daily. The rocket was moved overnight, apparently to avoid detection.
If the test is conducted, it would be the fourteenth one since February. North Korea has fired 21 missiles this year and Sunday’s nuclear test, where it claimed it detonated a hydrogen bomb, will be the sixth one in its history.
[…] “The latest development [North Korea’s latest sixth nuclear test] is largely attributable to Kim’s wild character. If Kim is not eliminated, this issue [the North’s provocation] will persist,” Nam told South Korean lawmakers.
Yonhap News Agency says North Korean dictator Kim Jung-Un was “hot-tempered and reckless” since he was a teenager.
Nam Sung-wook, a Korea University professor who formerly headed the Institute for National Security Strategy, claims North Korea will not cease provocations as long as Kim is in power.
Yon Hap News reports:
Nam Sung-wook, a Korea University professor who formerly headed the Institute for National Security Strategy (INSS), said that the North’s leader was described by witnesses as a hot-tempered and reckless person when young, which may have partly led to his current obsession with nuclear and missile programs.
“The latest development (North Korea’s latest sixth nuclear test) is largely attributable to Kim’s wild character. If Kim is not eliminated, this issue (the North’s provocation) will persist,” Nam told lawmakers of the main opposition Liberty Korea Party.
He made the remark based on analyses on North Korea made when he served as the head of the institute under Seoul’s spy agency in 2008-2012.
North Korea has fired 21 missiles so far this year. Sunday’s nuclear test, which the North claimed was done using a hydrogen bomb, was its sixth nuclear weapons test in its history.
Experts worry that Kim’s unpredictability may start a nuclear war.
Fox News continues:
A previous report by Japanese magazine Nikkei Asian Review also recalled talking to sources commenting on Kim’s anger. The leader reportedly “flew into a rage” when he discovered his uncle, Jang Song Thaek, was planning a coup with Chinese officials to have him ousted in 2013.
Jang was executed a short time later.
Nam added: “Any vague fear of Kim is not desirable. Likewise, any simple evaluation of Kim is a no-no.”
Experts fear Kim’s unpredictable rage could drive him to launch a nuclear war as he spews bombastic threats toward neighboring countries and the U.S. Lee also said Thursday that North Korea reaching its nuclear goal threatens the “security of the world.”
“North Korea’s nuclear armament poses threats not only to the security of Northeast Asia, but also to the security of the world,” Lee said. “It is urgently needed for the international community to make concerted efforts.”
Further provocations from the North may come, as they have again and again shirked sanctions and urgings to cease their weapons development programs.
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