“It’s all ready. A fourth and fifth nuclear test and a rocket launch could be conducted soon, possibly this year,” the unnamed source said, in a Reuters report. The source also reportedly claimed the next test would be much bigger than the one conducted Feb. 12. That one yielded an estimated six-to-seven kilotons of TNT; the next will surpass 10 kilotons, according to source statements in the Reuters report.
The source was described as high-level, with direct access to top government officials in both Beijing and Pyongyang, Reuters reported.
The United Nations sanctioned North Korea in 2006 and in 2009, banning the nation from developing missile or nuclear technology.
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Cheryl Chumley is a continuous news writer for The Washington Times. Previously, she was part of the start-up team for The Washington Times’ digital aggregation product, Times247. She’s also a 2008-2009 Robert Novak journalism fellow with The Phillips Foundation. She can be reached at email@example.com.
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