South Korea closely monitoring North's military activity ahead of regime anniversary on Saturday

Pyongyang residents and military people holding a celebration rally on the test of a hydrogen bomb for ICBM at Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang on Sept 6, 2017.
Pyongyang residents and military people holding a celebration rally on the test of a hydrogen bomb for ICBM at Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang on Sept 6, 2017.PHOTO: AFP

SEOUL (THE KOREA HERALD/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - South Korean authorities are closely watching for any military provocations from North Korea as the anniversary of the regime's foundation approaches, the South's Unification Ministry said.

"We are closely monitoring for any additional signs of provocations from North Korea (around Saturday)," a Unification Ministry official told The Korea Herald on Thursday (Sept 7).

Last year, Pyongyang launched missiles days before the Sept 9 foundation day and conducted its fifth nuclear test on the day.

The North conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test on Sunday, escalating tensions on the Korean Peninsula after test-firing two intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) last month.

On Monday, Seoul's National Intelligence Service said the regime may fire another ICBM around the upcoming anniversary or Oct 10, when it marks the anniversary of establishing its ruling Workers' Party of Korea.

 

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