Korea may be capable of sarin-loaded missile attack: Japan

Apr 18, 2017, 01:58
Korea may be capable of sarin-loaded missile attack: Japan

North Korea is capable of launching a missile loaded with sarin nerve gas, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said.

"There is a possibility that North Korea is already capable of delivering (via missile) a warhead containing sarin", Mr Abe told a parliamentary diplomacy and defence committee, reported major Japanese media outlets. The event celebrates what would have been the 105th birthday of state founder Kim Il-sung.

North Korea responded by denouncing the move as an aggression and threatening a nuclear strike if the USA were to take military action.

Abe was responding to a question about Japan's readiness at a time of increased regional tension. Pyongyang, meanwhile, recently launched a ballistic missile and some experts say it could conduct another nuclear test at virtually anytime.

He tweeted: "North Korea is looking for trouble".

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Researchers Joseph S. Bermudez Jr. and Jack Liu wrote that images taken Wednesday show continued activity around the site's north portal, as well as personnel and pallets of equipment or supplies in the main administrative area. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga denied any "imminent danger", however.

Known as the "Day of the Sun", the biggest national day in the country's calender is being widely tipped as a possible date to launch a sixth atomic test.

On Friday, US media said that US President Donald Trump might order a strike against North Korea in case Pyongyang chose to carry out another nuclear weapon test.

Downplaying the risk of war, South Korea said it believed it would be consulted by the USA before any possible pre-emptive U.S. strike against Pyongyang.

Following the meeting, the President said he had told Mr Xi "that a trade deal with the United States will be far better for them if they solve the North Korean problem".