North Korea’s Latest Threat Seen as Pretext for Nuclear Test  

Voice of America News reports: “Experts see a fiery speech this week by Kim Jong Un as a bid to cast an expected seventh nuclear test as a justifiable response to full-scale joint military drills by the U.S. and South Korea, which are set to resume within weeks.

In the speech Wednesday, marking the 69th anniversary of the armistice that brought the Korean War to an uneasy close, the North Korean leader said his nuclear arsenal was ‘fully ready’ to demonstrate its power ‘promptly true to its mission.’

He blamed the U.S. for ‘instigating’ South Korea and ‘openly waging large-scale joint war games, which gravely threaten the security of our state.’ Kim said the military drills are driving North Korea-U.S. relations to ‘a point of fierce collision.’

The threat comes as the U.S. and South Korea have assessed that North Korea has completed its preparations for what would be a seventh nuclear test…”

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