Yesterday, French daily Le Monde reported that Pyongyang is planning its third nuclear test in order to restore its image in front of the international community following the failure of the satellite launch earlier this month.
Whereas its previous nuclear tests, in 2006 and 2009 respectively, were conducted using plutonium, the piece hypothesized that enriched uranium (HEU) might be used this time, not least since eventual success with such a method would mean easier acquisition of a bigger arsenal in future.
The article further noted that a third missile test could be used to further the consolidation of Kim Jong Eu’s power. Even though the North Korean leader did not publicly confirm a third test during the Party reporting meeting that commemorated the 80th anniversary of the foundation of the Chosun People’s Army on the 25th, the regime’s intention to carry on developing its nuclear weaponry has been made clear in recent interviews and articles.
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