North Korea is preparing to conduct new missile tests amid heightened tensions in Northeast Asia, reports the AFP news agency.
U.S. intelligence agencies say Pyongyang will likely conduct a new salvo of missile launches following the latest round of United Nations sanctions against the reclusive communist state.
#BREAKING Leader Kim Jong-Un says North Korea in 'final stages of test launching ICBM'— AFP news agency (@AFP) 1 января 2017 г.
The world organization on Dec. 1 imposed additional sanctions that seek to block North Korea’s revenue obtained from exports by 25 percent. The sanctions bar member-states from purchasing North Korean copper, nickel, silver and zinc exports, and the sale of large statues, a favored purchase for African dictators. The sanctions followed a recent North Korean underground nuclear test.
In the past, Pyongyang responded to similar sanctions with provocative missile launches.
North Korea’s most recent missile test was a failed launch of an intermediate-range ballistic missile called the Musudan in October. The missile has an estimated range of 2,000 miles and its development has set off alarm bells in the Pentagon and in Japan. Officials said the next missile test could be a Musudan launch to counteract the earlier test failure.
Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree "On measures to implement UN Security Council Resolution 2270 on March 2, 2016", which involves a series of sanctions against North Korea.