North Korea has experimented with a “nuclear detonator device,” a South Korean presidential adviser said. The news comes shortly after the announcement that the isolated country fired three ballistic missiles toward the Sea of Japan.
The United States and South Korea have been warning for weeks that a nuclear test is imminent. According to South Korean adviser Kim Tae-hyo, the detonator has been experimented with, but it remains unclear what exactly that means. No details have been disclosed. Kim did tell reporters that North Korea has entered the final stages before conducting a nuclear test.
Despite the coronavirus outbreak that North Korea is currently battling, the country has managed to further develop a long-standing but idle nuclear reactor. This could be seen on satellite images, reports the French news agency AFP.
The recent test of the detonator is said to have been conducted at a location other than the one closely monitored by Seoul.
North Korea has conducted repeated missile tests since early this year, including one involving an intercontinental missile. The launch of the three rockets Wednesday was the 17th test so far this year. UN resolutions prohibit Pyongyang from launching ballistic missiles that can carry nuclear warheads. The ban is part of strict sanctions in response to the country’s nuclear weapons program.