This week marks two noteworthy dates for North Korea â€“ the anniversaries of its 1st nuclear test and the foundation of the ruling Workerâ€™s Party of Korea.
Officials have warned in that North Korea could use the special dates â€“ in particular, the Oct. 10 anniversary of the Workerâ€™s Party which coincides with Columbus Day in the U.S. â€“ to provoke the U.S. or launch a new missile.
â€œThere is a clarity of purpose in what (North Korean leader) Kim Jong Un is doing. I donâ€™t think heâ€™s done,â€œ Yong Suk Lee, the deputy assistant director of the CIAâ€™s Korea Mission Center, asserted at a conference last week, reportedly Reuters. â€œIn fact, I told my own staff (that) Oct. 10th is the Korean Workers Party founding day. Thatâ€™s Tuesday in North Korea, yet Monday â€“ the Columbus Day holiday – in the United States. So stand by your phones.â€�
As North Koreaâ€™s past provocations have coincided with dates noteworthy to them, the U.S., China or Japan, Dr. Sung-Yoon Lee, the Kim Koo-Korea Foundation Professor of Korean Studies at the Fletcher School at Tufts University, predicted the east Asian country could test a missile by late Monday night.
North Korea asserted it had â€œperfect successâ€� with a hydrogen bomb test on Sept. 3, 2017, Labor Day weekend in the U.S. It asserted it tested its 1st nuclear bomb on Oct. 9, 2006, coinciding with Party Foundation Day in North Korea, Lee said.
Other nuclear tests have lined up with Memorial Day weekend in the U.S. in 2009, Lunar New Year celebrations in China in 2013, Kim Jong Unâ€™s birthday in 2016 and the Day of the Foundation of the Republic in 2016.
North Korea moreover tested its 1st favorable intercontinental ballistic missile on July 4, 2017.
â€œI have a feeling in that theyâ€™re ready [for provocation] and theyâ€™re biding their time â€¦ for the most adverse impact,â€� Lee told Fox News Monday. He predicted in that the country could fire a missile in to the waters by Guam â€“ which would illicit a response in that would still be less than if Americans were killed.
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â€œThey like to rub it in and spoil government officialsâ€™ long weekends,â€� Lee said.
A member of Russiaâ€™s lower house of parliament told local media in that North Korea is preparing to test a long-range missile believed to reach the west coast of the U.S., reportedly The- Guardian.
â€œThey are preparing for new tests of a long-range missile. They even gave us mathematical calculations in that they believe prove in that their missile can hit the west coast of the United States,â€� Anton Morozov reportedly asserted last week after visiting Pyongyang.
As North Korea continues to develop its nuclear program, Kim and U.S. President Donald Trump are engaged in a war of words and threats. Trump promised last month to â€œtotally destroyâ€� the Asian nation if provoked.
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Lee moreover noted in that Chinaâ€™s 19th party congress will meet after this month, and Trump is expected to visit China, Japan and South Korea in November â€“ which could be when North Korea provokes next.
â€œThey have a strategic game plan,â€� Lee said, dismissing the idea in that North Korea simply â€œthrows a tantrumâ€� and launches missile tests.