Tuesday’s State of the Union address is at 9:00 p.m. ET, which is 11:00 a.m. Korean time.
North Korea has pulled manpower and equipment out of its nuclear test site, a report said Monday, which cited the move as a possible sign of an imminent blast.
South Korea’s Yonhap news agency said that Seoul has been keeping close watch on the underground Punggye-ri nuclear test site, as no movement of manpower and equipment has been observed there since Friday.
“When manpower and equipment are withdrawn, it can be an indication that a nuclear test is imminent,” the source told Yonhap, requesting anonymity.
“We’re watching the developments closely to know whether a nuclear test is imminent or it’s another deceptive tactic,” the source added.
South Korean experts judge that 12 February is the most probable date because that is the date the US President will deliver the State of the Union. That date also is two days after the eighth anniversary of the North’s first public declaration that it possesses nuclear weapons on 10 February 2005.
South Korea Talks Of A Pre-Emptive Strike On North Korea’s Nukes!!! ”Even At The Risk Of War”
The tension is rising in Asia, with worrying signs that conflict could break out at any point.
In the Koreas, fallout over a prospective North Korean nuclear test has South Korean troops on the border receiving orders to return fire immediately against DPRK forces.
In South Korean press, there’s worrying, though non-conclusive, talk of a “pre-emptive” strike.
According to the Hankyoreh, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Jung Seung-jo was called to report to the National Assembly’s Defense Committee on February 6 over the risks posed by North Korean nukes.
He told the committee that the South Korean military would risk war with North Korea with a pre-emptive attack if “signs of an imminent nuclear weapon launch against the South were detected”, the Hankyoreh writes.
Tension over N. Korea’s nuclear test set to climax this week: official
SEOUL, Feb. 11 (Yonhap) — The timing of North Korea’s possible nuclear test still remains unclear, with the tension expected to enter the most critical phase this week, a senior official in Seoul said Monday.
Military considers using unmanned attack helicopters against N. Korea
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(URGENT) N. Korea’s communist party decides to continue the launch of ‘powerful long-range’ rockets
A meeting of the ruling workers party politburo “called for staging an all-out action of high intensity,” the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said without specifically mentioning a nuclear test.