North Korea preparing to test submarine-launched ballistic missile: Yonhap

North Korea may test a nuclear weapon during Ms Harris's trip to Japan and South Korea. PHOTO: REUTERS

SEOUL - South Korea’s military has detected signs that North Korea may be preparing to test a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM), Yonhap news agency reported on Saturday, days before a visit by US Vice-President Kamala Harris.  

The military detected preparations this week in Sinpo, South Hamgyong Province, North Korea, Yonhap reported, 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, including SLBMs, the presidential office said in a statement on Saturday.

Mr Yoon is set to discuss North Korean affairs and economic security with Ms Harris, who will also visit Tokyo to attend the state funeral of former Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

North Korea may test a nuclear weapon during Ms Harris's trip to Japan and South Korea, a US government official told Yonhap. US and South Korean officials have been warning for months that the regime is preparing for its first nuclear test since September 2017. BLOOMBERG, REUTERS

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