The US State Department announced today that North Korea is preparing a Pungeri nuclear test site and could be ready for testing as early as this month.
State Department official Jalin Porter said North Korea’s own statements were indicative of preparations for a nuclear test.
The last time North Korea conducted a nuclear test was in 2017.
This year, North Korea has conducted nearly a dozen weapons tests, demonstrating its unusually active disobedience to UN sanctions.
Analysts say North Korea’s leader Kim Chenun is taking advantage of a situation in which US relations with China and Russia have deteriorated in Ukraine due to a war in Moscow, but a presidential change is expected in South Korea.
Analysts also explain the activity of the missile tests with North Korea’s desire to remind the great powers that, unlike Ukraine, it has nuclear weapons.