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N. Korea ready to conduct nuclear test any time: ministry

All News 14:33 June 14, 2022

SEOUL, June 14 (Yonhap) -- North Korea is ready to carry out a nuclear test any time at leader Kim Jong-un's discretion, Seoul's unification ministry said Tuesday.

There has been widespread speculation that the secretive North's nuclear test might be imminent amid reports it has completed relevant preparations at its northeastern testing site in Punggye-ri.

"North Korea is currently prepared to conduct a nuclear test at any time in case Chairman Kim Jong-un decides to do so," a ministry official told reporters on the customary condition of anonymity when asked about the issue.

The official added that Seoul and Washington are discussing various countermeasures, including those through the U.N. Security Council.

The North conducted its sixth and last nuclear test in September 2017.

This file photo shows the control center at North Korea's only known nuclear test site Punggye-ri on May 24, 2018, before it was blown up. (Pool photo) (Yonhap)

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