The diplomatic row over North Korea’s nuclear ambitions has heightened amid fears it is planning a second test. In Pyongyang, thousands have been making final preparations for the 80th anniversary of the “Down with Imperialism Union” which falls today. The historical roots of Korea’s workers party are always keenly celebrated, but the US envoy Christopher Hill is warning the event must not be used by North Korea to celebrate its newly-found nuclear status.
“We all regard a second test as a very belligerent answer on North Korea’s part to the international community and I think the IC will have no choice but to respond very clearly to the DPKR”, said Hill.
Officials in the US, South Korea and Japan say they have received intelligence reports that Pyongyang may be preparing to carry out a second nuclear test.
The White House says US spy satellites have detected suspicious movements at the site of last week’s nuclear explosion.
Meanwhile, according to North Korea’s state news agency, Pyongyang has branded the UN imposed sanctions “a declaration of war,” and warned of “merciless” blows against any country infringing on its sovereignty.