S. Korea minister rules out imminent N. Korean nuclear test
SEOUL (AFP) - North Korea does not appear close to conducting a nuclear or missile test despite its continued preparations, a South Korean minister said on Wednesday after a purge in Pyongyang sparked fears of aggression.
"Preparations have been made continuously... but I don't think a nuclear test or long-range missile launch is imminent," Unification Minister Ryoo Kihl Jae told a parliamentary committee.
The minister also said no abnormal North Korean troop movements had been detected.
But he called for a continued watch for possible provocations following the shock execution last week of Jang Song Thaek, the uncle and one-time political mentor of leader Kim Jong Un.