US official says North Korea nuclear test will be met with ‘strong response’ – World News

North Korea has been grappling with its first outbreak of Covid-19 for the past few weeks, with a total of 4,198,890 people showing fever symptoms as of Monday

North Korea could test a nuclear weapon in the coming weeks
North Korea could test a nuclear weapon in the coming weeks

US Assistant Secretary of State Wendy Sherman said the United States would “react forcefully” if North Korea conducted another nuclear test.

North Korea has not tested a nuclear bomb since 2017, but unrest has increased in the region recently.

South Korean and US forces fired eight surface-to-surface missiles off South Korea’s east coast early Monday in response to a barrage of short-range ballistic missiles fired by North Korea on Sunday.

Both South Korean and American government agencies and North Korean experts have been saying for weeks that there are signs of a new construction at Punggye-ri, North Korea’s only known nuclear test site, and that Pyongyang may soon be testing a bomb.







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“Any nuclear test would be in complete violation of UN Security Council resolutions (and) there would be a prompt and forceful response to such a test…” Sherman said. “I believe that not only ROK and the United States and Japan, but also the whole world will respond in a strong and clear manner.”

At a press conference with her South Korean counterpart, she added, “We are prepared and … we will continue our trilateral talks (with South Korea and Japan) tomorrow.”

International Atomic Energy Agency chief Rafael Grossi said Monday that North Korea’s construction work to expand key facilities at its main nuclear facility in Yongbyon is progressing.






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The country has been grappling with its first outbreak of Covid-19 for the past few weeks, with a total of 4,198,890 people showing symptoms of fever as of Monday. North Korea has not confirmed the total number of people who have tested positive for the coronavirus, with experts saying the numbers announced may be understated.

Despite the World Health Organization’s claims that North Korea’s Covid problem is worsening, Pyongyang has so far turned down any help offered by Washington and Seoul.

“The ROK and the United States and others have offered humanitarian assistance that has yet to be accepted, but we hope that (North Korean leader) Kim Jong Un will focus on helping his people meet this challenge of COVID-19 that we have all faced and will return to the negotiating table rather than taking provocative and dangerous and destabilizing actions,” Sherman said.

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