Seoul on alert over possible missile test by Pyongyang

Moreover, the shorter the space between each test, the less there is that North Korea’s scientists and technicians can learn from them and make improvements to their designs, he said. “Since we all know that North Korea has a holiday on Saturday, it’s hard to buy stocks now”. “Military action would certainly be an option”. “The wicked Japanese imperialists committed such unpardonable crimes as depriving Korea of even its standard time while mercilessly trampling down its land”, the official KCNA news agency said at the time. Yet they have done little to alter North Korean behavior; less than a week ago, Pyongyang conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test to date.

Kim himself has called the ICBM tests “gift packages” that the North was delivering to the “US bastards”.

The combined forces of South Korea and the United States have mobilized their surveillance assets to monitor the North, but no signs of an imminent provocation are known to have been detected.

The USS Ronald Reagan, a nuclear-powered carrier, left its home port of Yokosuka, southwest of Tokyo, for a routine autumn patrol of the Western Pacific, a Navy spokeswoman said.

North Korea also targeted the United States administration in the commentary, accusing them of selling arms to ignite war in several parts of the world while pretending to be supporters of peace.

There are fears that North Korea s leader Kim Jong-Un could mark Saturday s anniversary of the country s foundation with another missile test, further ratcheting up tensions on the Korean peninsula after last week s nuclear test.

United States President Donald Trump had sent a strong message to North Korea after the latter’s repetitive attempt of nuclear tests.

Both China and Russian Federation have condemned North Korea for the latest nuclear test but have adhered to their long-held positions of prioritizing the restart of negotiations, rather than putting too much pressure on Pyongyang in the belief that doing so would further escalate tensions. It also provides hundreds of thousands of tonnes of oil and fuel to the impoverished regime.

Shares in South Korean automaker Hyundai Motor and key suppliers slid on Friday on worry over its position in China after highly critical Chinese state newspaper comments.

The move by the United States also seeks to slap an oil embargo and textile exports ban on the pariah Asian country in response to Pyongyang’s sixth and most powerful nuclear test. The military section of China’s Global Times newspaper on Thursday referred to THAAD as “a malignant tumour”.

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