‘N.Korean nuke test possible during Harris’ visit to Seoul, Tokyo’

Washington, September 24 (SocialNews.XYZ) North Korea may well conduct a nuclear test during US Vice President Kamala Harris’ upcoming trip to South Korea and Japan as Pyongyang prepares for such a test, a senior administration official has said here.

The official warned that the North would face serious consequences if it chose to proceed with a new test, the Yonhap news agency reported on Saturday.

“It’s possible and we’ve already said that the DPRK is preparing to conduct a nuclear test,” the official said on Friday when asked about the possibility of a North Korean nuclear test during Harris’ trip next week.

DPRK stands for Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, the official name of North Korea.

The official noted that Pyongyang had been preparing for a nuclear test for some time.

“We have made it clear that such a test will result in additional actions by the United States to demonstrate our ironclad commitment to the security of the Republic of Korea and our Japanese allies,” the official said, referring to South Korea by its official name.

“We have made it clear how concerned we are about North Korean provocations and destabilizing behavior and a nuclear test would certainly be in that category,” the official added, also noting that the issue of North Korean provocations will “certainly be discussed when the Vice President meets with her South Korean counterparts.

Harris is due to make a four-day visit to Japan starting Sept. 26, leading a presidential delegation to the funeral of the late Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

She will arrive in South Korea on September 29 for a meeting with South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol, the official said in a telephone press briefing.

It will be his first trip to Japan and South Korea since taking office early last year.

In addition to Yoon, Harris is also scheduled to meet Prime Minister Han Duck-soo, who will lead the South Korean presidential delegation to Abe’s funeral.

The Harris-Han meeting will be held in Tokyo on September 26, according to the US administration official.

During her two-day trip to Seoul, the vice president will also host a roundtable with a group of what the administration official called “revolutionary Korean women.”

Source: IANS

'N.Korean nuke test possible during Harris' visit to Seoul, Tokyo'

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