North Korea appears to be getting ready to launch a ballistic missile right now, according to South Korea.
Seoul military says the ballistic missile may even be intercontinental, onto which a nuclear warhead could be attached.
An official said:
We have continued to see signs of possibly more ballistic missile launches. We also forecast North Korea could fire an intercontinental ballistic missile.
This comes after the ‘rogue’ state performed their sixth and largest nuclear test on Sunday.
The test was apparently successful and caused a significant earthquake in the region.
A South Korean news agency Yonhap reports the Seoul defence ministry estimate Kim Jong-Un’s nuclear tests at around 50 kilotons, more powerful than the bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki combined.
South Korea responded to the threat by simulating an attack on North Korea’s nuclear site off the east coast of the country on Monday.
The show of force involved fighter jets and their own ballistic missiles that ‘accurately struck’ their target, according to Seoul officials.
The US responded to the nuclear tests in North Korea, saying the nation will respond to any threat from North Korea with a ‘massive military response – a response both effective and overwhelming’.
Tensions have been rising for some time between North Korea and the US and their supporting states.
Donald Trump has previously threatened to stop trading with any country that trades with North Korea (e.g. China) and has threatened a massive military retaliation.
Last month, Trump said:
North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States. They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen.
[Kim Jong-Un] has been very threatening beyond a normal statesman and as I said they will be met with fire, fury and frankly power, the likes of which the world has never seen before.
There has been an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council scheduled in response to the escalating activity.