30 September 2017
By Sunday Elom
North Korea is reportedly in fresh moves to conduct another nuclear missile test in fulfilment of its recent vows to see its nuclear ambition to the end.
Reports by South Korea’s Broadcasting System, KBS, late Friday noted that several missiles were recently spotted moving from a rocket facility in North Korea’s capital Pyongyang, amid speculation that the North was preparing to take more provocative actions.
The report cited an unnamed intelligence source saying South Korean and U.S. intelligence officials detected missiles being transported away from North Korea’s Missile Research and Development Facility at Sanum-dong in the northern part of Pyongyang.
However, it was not reported when or where they had been moved. But according to KBS report, the missiles could be either intermediate range Hwasong-12 or intercontinental ballistic Hwasong-14 missiles, though the missile facility at Sanum-dong has been dedicated to the production of intercontinental ballistic missiles.
Meanwhile, a source from South Korea’s defense ministry said he could not confirm details of the report or whether there has been any unusual activities in the area mentioned.
But South Korean officials have voiced concerns that North Korea could conduct more provocative acts near the anniversary of the founding of its communist party on Oct. 10, or possibly when China holds its Communist Party Congress on Oct. 18.
According to a statement released by the U.S. Pacific Command on Friday, amid heightened tensions on the Korean Peninsula, South Korea and U.S. forces recently held their first joint short range air defense training exercise in South Korea.
The statement did not actually give the date of the exercise, but said the next exercise is scheduled to take place over the next few months as the two forces become more familiar with each other’s capabilities.