North Korea is preparing for a new nuclear test. On March 31, Foreign Minister of Japan Taro Kono said this in an interview, Kyodo news agency reported.
"North Korea removes soil from an underground tunnel where the previous test was conducted and makes every effort to prepare for the next nuclear test," Kono said.
This conclusion was made in the Japanese Foreign Ministry after studying images made by a US satellite.
The diplomat stressed that in connection with this, Tokyo does not need to rush to hold a meeting between Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and DPRK leader Kim Jong-un. "I do not mind if we do not do anything at all. There is absolutely no need to hurry up, "he said.
We recall Kim Jong-un made his first foreign official visit since he led the DPRK in 2011. He arrived in China to meet with President Xi Jinping. During the meeting, he said that the DPRK will conduct a denuclearization of the peninsula if suitable conditions are created from the side of South Korea and the United States. President of the United States Donald Trump said that he was ready to meet with Kim Jong-un until May 2018 to discuss the situation in the region.
It was also reported that South Korea and the DPRK agreed to hold a bilateral summit on April 27. According to media reports, Kim Jong-un is due to meet with South Korean President Mun Jae In at the Panmundjom border post. It is expected that the third summit between the states can be an important diplomatic step to resolve the issue of the DPRK nuclear program.