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Signs N Korea preparing for missile test

South Korean and US observers say North Korea may be preparing for a submarine-launched ballistic missile test, ahead of a regional visit by Kamala Harris.

September 24, 2022
By AAP
24 September 2022

South Korea’s military has detected signs that North Korea may be preparing to test a submarine-launched ballistic missile, days before a visit by US Vice President Kamala Harris.

The military detected preparations this week in Sinpo, South Hamgyong Province, North Korea, Yonhap news agency reported on Saturday, citing an unnamed South Korean military source. 

This is in line with a US-based think tank’s report this week, which cited commercial satellite imagery.

South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol is aware of signs and movements suggesting North Korean provocations, the presidential office said in a statement on Saturday.

US Vice President Harris is set to visit the region next week and meet with leaders of Japan and South Korea.

A senior US administration official told a briefing on Friday that a nuclear test or other provocation was possible during Harris’ trip to the region, but that they had no predictions or announcements to make.

A US aircraft carrier arrived in South Korea on Friday for the first time in about four years, joining other military vessels to participate in joint drills with South Korean forces.

North Korea has denounced previous US military deployments and joint drills as rehearsals for war and evidence of hostile policies by Washington and Seoul. 

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