The nuke test by North Korea, which occurred on April 23, 2016, might have been used as a possible bargaining chip. It was exclusively reported by the Associated Press at 4:41 EDT, that Ri Su Yong, the North Korean foreign minister, stated the government would be open to stopping these nuclear weapons tests.
Earlier today, it was widely reported that North Korea launched a nuclear missile from a submarine. It is possible that this was a tactical maneuver. The ballistic missile was launched in the Sea of Japan.
The comment by the foreign minister was conditional. In order for this testing to be halted, the United States would have to suspend its current military training activities with the South Koreans. The U.S. began stepping up their exercises with the government in Seoul, as a consequence of the heightened activities. These actions were deemed hostile to the peace in the area.
The United Nations sanctions, dating back to 2006, prohibit the North from engaging in any sort of nuclear activity. Despite the sanctions, the country has boasted that it has developed warheads with nuclear capacity that could fit onto ballistic missiles. A ballistic missile is a rocket. It follows a path that uses gravity as its trajectory. The goal is to send warheads to a predetermined target.
By Bob Reinhard
Edited by Jeanette Smith
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