North Korea may be conducting another nuclear missile test soon as two key officials have not been seen in the public eye all week. US government officials believe there is little chance that the two key men who oversee the country’s missile programs have been removed from their positions. Instead, they believe they have likely been given a new important assignment.
Ri Man-gon, the supervisor of Nuclear Missile Development, and Kim Rak-gyom, the head of Strategic Missile Programs were nowhere to be seen during a countrywide rally Saturday in Pyongyang, according to Fox News.
For someone to miss one of these “important” rallies probably means one of two things. They have been replaced or they’re busy planning another nuclear missile test, the latter of which seems more feasible with how successful the prior tests have been.
“It’s highly likely that they were absent because they’d been given an important assignment,” a government official of South Korea told a local publication.
During a test conducted on Sept. 3, there was a magnitude 6.3 quake, an indication that the test was far more forceful than earlier tests.
According to The Epoch Times, the nation is known to conduct nuclear missile test after a celebration such as the one that took place on Oct. 10, which celebrated the founding of the Workers Party.
The tension between President Trump and North Korea dictator Kim Jung-Un has continued to escalate and has leaders around the world worried. Trump referred to Jung-Un as “rocket man” when he addressed the United Nations in September.
“Rocket man is on a suicide mission for himself and his regime,” Trump said. He said of the US: “If it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea.”
Kim Jung-Un, who has been undeterred by the remarks, seems hellbent on proving Trump wrong. US officials have been tight-lipped when it comes to revealing how advanced North Korea’s nuclear missiles actually are.
The dictator of North Korea has also informed the US that he will shoot down any US planes that enter international airspace in their region. The feud between the two leaders continues to escalate, leaving the world to watch and wait.