January 31, 2023
North Korea has tested a "nuclear detonation device" hours after launching three ballistic missiles into the Sea of Japan, according to a report.

North Korea has tested a “nuclear detonation device” hours after launching three ballistic missiles into the Sea of Japan, according to a report.

The nuclear detonation device test comes as North Korea prepares for its first nuclear test in nearly five years, according to the Yonhap News Agency. A South Korean presidential official confirmed the detonation test on Wednesday. A full-blown nuclear test would be the seventh in North Korea’s history.

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Kim Tae-hyo, first deputy director of South Korea’s National Security Office, told reporters that he believes the nuclear test will not happen in the next couple of days, but that it could “certainly” take place after that, according to Yonhap News Agency.

North Korea launched three ballistic missiles on Tuesday, according to South Korea, as President Joe Biden wrapped up his trip to Asia.

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The launch was the 17th test North Korea has conducted this year, according to Yonhap News Agency.

The missiles are presumed to be intercontinental ballistic missiles, according to the report.

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