Japan PM: NKorea may be capable of sarin-loaded missiles

18 April, 2017, 01:59 | Author: Ora Austin
  • North Korea 'could target Japan with sarin nerve gas missiles', says Shinzo Abe

"North Korea.is likely to maintain several facilities to produce chemical weapons and already possess a considerable number of them", he added. It conducted its fifth nuclear test on September 9, 2016.

Tensions on the Korean peninsula have spiked in recent days amid concerns that Pyongyang could be on the verge of executing its sixth nuclear test and as a U.S. aircraft carrier-led strike group heads to the region.

Foreign journalists visiting North Korea gather in Pyongyang for what is rumored to be "a big and important event".

The Pentagon also said "North Korea probably could employ CW agents by modifying a variety of conventional munitions, including artillery and ballistic missiles".

Downplaying the risk of war, South Korea said it believed it would be consulted by the United States before any possible pre-emptive U.S. strike against Pyongyang. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga denied any "imminent danger", however.

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Japan, under its postwar constitution, has limited the role of its military to self-defense only and relied on the USA for offensive and nuclear capability.

North Korea was accused of using VX nerve agent in the murder of Kim Jong Nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Abe linked his warning about the North Korean capability to recent chemical weapons attacks in Syria.

Following the meeting, the President said he had told Mr Xi "that a trade deal with the U.S. will be far better for them if they solve the North Korean problem".

The sprawling development project, built in just over a year, includes Pyongyang's tallest apartments, at 70 stories. The Saturday anniversary may provide the world with a look at some of that arsenal.

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