The nuke test by North Korea today might have been used as a possible bargaining chip. The Associated Press exclusively reported, on April 23, 2016, at 4:41 EDT, that Ri Su Yong, North Korean foreign minister, stated that the Pyongyang government would be open to stopping these nuclear weapons tests under certain circumstances.
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 South Korea. The U.S. began stepped-up exercises with the government in Seoul as a consequence of heightened North Korean activities. These actions were deemed by North Korea as hostile to the peace in the area.
United Nations sanctions dating back to 2006 prohibit North Korea from any sort of nuclear activity. Despite the sanctions, North Korea has boasted that it developed warheads with nuclear capacity that could fit onto ballistic missiles.
A ballistic missile is a rocket. It follows a path that uses gravity in its trajectory. Its goal is to send warheads to a predetermined target.
By Bob Reinhard
Edited by Cathy Milne
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