According to the semi-official South Korean news agency, South Korea’s Unification Minister Ryoo Kihl-jae on Monday said, North Korea could be preparing to carry out a new nuclear test.
The news agency reported that South Korean lawmaker cited unspecified reports alluding that there had been an increase in activity near the site of the North’s three previous underground nuclear tests.
It is believed by The South Korean government that North Korea may test a missile around April 10, citing Pyongyang’s impetus for workers to leave the Kaesong Industrial Complex by then.
South Korea’s Blue House spokeswomen Kim Haeng, said in a Conference, Seoul is on a military readiness posture.
She said the national security chief Kim Jang-soo has also based the assessment on North Korea’s hint to foreign diplomats in Pyonyang to send personnel out of the country and nothing out of the ordinary has been detected she said on Kim’s behalf.
Similar to the White House in the United States, the Blue House is the office and residence of South Korea’s president.
Few days ago, North Korea’s communist government prohibited the entry of new workers and trucks into Kaesong, which is on its side of the militarily fortified border with the south.
The South Korean Ministry of Unification said in a statement on Sunday that 13 companies have to cease production because Personnel and supplies are running out in the shared manufacturing zone. With 39 people planning to exit on Monday, there are 518 people left in Kaesong.
Due to rising tensions Gen. James Thurman, the top U.S commander in South Korea, is cancelling a trip to Washington this week. Because of the current situation, Gen. Thurman will remain in Seoul next week as a cautious measure. The news agency reported Gen. Jung Seung-jo, South Korea’s top military officer, also delayed a trip to Washington.