The North Korean US-based monitoring service 38 North has said the country’s nuclear site is ‘‘primed and ready’‘ for a sixth nuclear test.
The prediction that Pyongyang will soon conduct another test came as Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told a parliamentary session that the reclusive state has the capability to deliver missiles equipped with Sarin nerve gas.
‘‘Earlier this month over one hundred people were killed using this gas, we need to firmly grasp this reality and ensure that North Korea do not go ahead and do this. That is kind of the deterrence we need to have,” Abe said.
North Korea marks the 105th anniversary of the birth of the state’s founder Kim Il Sung on Saturday.
Known as the ‘‘Day of the Sun’‘, the biggest national day in the country’s calender is being widely tipped as a possible date to launch a sixth atomic test.
The US recently dispatched a aircraft carrier group to the region as tensions continue to mount on the Korean peninsula.
On Tuesday President Trump tweeted that the US would not be afraid to act alone on North Korea if Beijing does not help.
China’s president Xi Jinping recently called for a peaceful resolution to the tensions in the region.