North Korea may conduct nuclear test by Feb. 10

AFP-JIJI

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has chaired a high-level meeting that discussed a looming “great turn” in military capability, state media said Sunday, fueling expectations of an imminent nuclear test.

Kim made a “historic” speech at the ruling party’s Central Military Commission meeting, attended by the heads of the army, the National Defense Commission and the strategic rocket force, the Korean Central News Agency reported. The meeting discussed “bringing about a great turn in bolstering military capability,” said KCNA, which gave no date or details of Kim’s speech.

Intelligence sources say the country has completed preparations for a third nuclear test it threatened in response to tightened U.N. sanctions imposed for a long-range rocket launch last December. Several observers in South Korea believe the nuclear test will come before Lunar New Year starts on Feb. 10.