China’s PLA chief: North Korea may be about to conduct 4th nuclear test
North Korea may proceed with a fourth nuclear test, according to Fang Fenghui, chief of the general staff of China’s People’s Liberation Army.
The 62-year-old general made the comment following a meeting with Martin Dempsey, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, who arrived in Beijing on Sunday for a five-day visit.
The South Korean military said earlier this week that North Korea my be planning to conduct its next missile test on April 25, the founding anniversary of the Korean People’s Army.
SEOUL, April 24 (RIA Novosti) – North Korea has started building anti-tank barricade lines near the border with the South, the Yonhap news agency said on Wednesday citing a Chinese TV channel.
China’s Beijing TV showed footage of North Korean servicemen building structures from logs, stones and concrete. The report said the barricades were possibly intended to hold South Korea’s tanks and other military vehicles in case of a war.
N.Korea Builds Barricades on Border with South – Media
Radiation detected in Japan may be from North Korea nuclear test
Yonhap: N. Korea can now make nuke-tipped missiles able to hit S. Korea
SEOUL, April 24 (Yonhap) — North Korea probably posses the ability to mount nuclear warheads on missiles that can hit all of South Korea, a local military analyst said Wednesday.
Ham Hyung-pil, a senior researcher at state-run Korea Institute for Defense Analyses (KIDA), said at a academic gathering hosted by the Institute for Peace and Unification Studies in Seoul, that Pyongyang may have developed the knowhow to place a nuclear weapon on its Rodong missiles.
The Rodong, already operational with the communist country’s rocket forces, is derived from the Soviet Scud series of missiles and has a maximum range of 1,300-1,500 kilometers, which is sufficient to strike any place in South Korea and parts of Japan. Its max warhead payload of around 1 ton is also larger than those found on the Hwasong and KN-02 type missiles. A heavier payload means less work needed to miniaturize the nuclear warhead.
“The North detonated its third nuclear device in February, and taking into account that it conducted more than 100 high-explosive tests since the 1980s, it probably has acquired the technology to miniaturize its nuclear arsenal to fit on a missile,” the researcher said.