North Korea could test fire a ballistic missile during Biden's visit, Seoul says

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North Korea is readying an "imminent" intercontinental ballistic missile test as U.S. President Joe Biden prepares to travel to South Korea this week, Seoul's Deputy National Security Adviser Kim Tae-hyo said Wednesday.


U.S. and South Korean officials have warned in recent weeks that North Korea is also getting ready to conduct a nuclear weapon test. Biden will arrive in Seoul on Friday for a three-day visit.

"Preparations for launching missiles, including intercontinental ballistic missiles, are understood to be imminent," Kim told reporters at a briefing.

However, Kim said that the probability of a nuclear detonation this weekend is "evaluated as relatively low."

The security adviser said that a "Plan B" was in place in the event of a North Korean provocation during Biden's visit.

"The leaders of South Korea and the United States will immediately enter the command and control system of the South Korea-U.S. combined defense posture," Kim added.

The White House announced last week that Biden might visit the Demilitarized Zone, but Kim said that the trip is not on the schedule and that the U.S. president would participate in a different security-related event.

Biden has twice visited the DMZ, which separates North and South Korea, most recently in 2013 when he was U.S. vice president and in 2001 when he was chairman of the Senate foreign relations committee.

This week's trip will be Biden's first to Asia as president. He is scheduled to hold a summit on Saturday with South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol, who was inaugurated last week.

Yoon has vowed to take a harder line against North Korea and is looking for the United States to strengthen its extended deterrence against Pyongyang's nuclear threats. The two sides are also expected to discuss the possible deployment of additional U.S. strategic assets, such as nuclear-powered submarines, aircraft carriers and long-range bombers, on the Korean Peninsula.

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North Korea could test fire a ballistic missile during Biden's visit, Seoul says

2022/05/1652874459.jpg
Read: 470     17:44     18 May 2022    

North Korea is readying an "imminent" intercontinental ballistic missile test as U.S. President Joe Biden prepares to travel to South Korea this week, Seoul's Deputy National Security Adviser Kim Tae-hyo said Wednesday.


U.S. and South Korean officials have warned in recent weeks that North Korea is also getting ready to conduct a nuclear weapon test. Biden will arrive in Seoul on Friday for a three-day visit.

"Preparations for launching missiles, including intercontinental ballistic missiles, are understood to be imminent," Kim told reporters at a briefing.

However, Kim said that the probability of a nuclear detonation this weekend is "evaluated as relatively low."

The security adviser said that a "Plan B" was in place in the event of a North Korean provocation during Biden's visit.

"The leaders of South Korea and the United States will immediately enter the command and control system of the South Korea-U.S. combined defense posture," Kim added.

The White House announced last week that Biden might visit the Demilitarized Zone, but Kim said that the trip is not on the schedule and that the U.S. president would participate in a different security-related event.

Biden has twice visited the DMZ, which separates North and South Korea, most recently in 2013 when he was U.S. vice president and in 2001 when he was chairman of the Senate foreign relations committee.

This week's trip will be Biden's first to Asia as president. He is scheduled to hold a summit on Saturday with South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol, who was inaugurated last week.

Yoon has vowed to take a harder line against North Korea and is looking for the United States to strengthen its extended deterrence against Pyongyang's nuclear threats. The two sides are also expected to discuss the possible deployment of additional U.S. strategic assets, such as nuclear-powered submarines, aircraft carriers and long-range bombers, on the Korean Peninsula.

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