WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- Tensions heighten after North Korea continued its threats by conducting its largest nuclear test on Sunday.
- It detonated a powerful hydrogen bomb which can be attached to a long-range missile with the ability to strike the United States.
- According to a South Korean lawmaker, an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) movement by North Korea has been detected.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in and President Donald Trump agreed to lift the weight limit on South Korea’s ballistic missiles to help it respond to any North Korean threat. According to a South Korean presidential spokesman, the agreement happened on Monday via a phone call.
Despite the international clamor for more sanctions against North Korea’s nuclear testing, South Korean officials believe that additional weapons tests are underway.
The missile launched on Sunday was North Korea’s sixth and the most powerful with North Korean state media claiming that the country detonated a hydrogen bomb.
South Korea’s publication, Asia Business Daily, disclosed that a movement of a rocket appearing to be an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) in the direction of North Korea’s west coast has been detected. The newspaper reported that the rocket began its movement on Monday. To avoid surveillance, it was believed to be in motion only at night.
When asked about the news, South Korea’s defense ministry was not able to confirm it. Although on Monday, it forewarned that North Korea was prepared to shoot an ICBM any time.
North Korea will be celebrating its foundation day on Sept. 9. South Korean analysts are concerned that it may test another weapon on that day recalling its fifth nuclear test was conducted Sept. 9 of last year.
North Korea responded by saying that it is developing its weapons to protect and defend itself from any U.S. attack.
As hostility on the rise, South Korea has been rearing up its own line of defense. It is in communication with the United States about stationing strategic bombers and aircraft carriers to the Korean peninsula.
An agreement on Monday to discard the warhead weight limitation on South Korea’s missiles was made between U.S. President Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in. In the event of war, this will enable the South to strike North Korea with a more powerful force.