North Korea: ‘Big and important event’ to take place today

About 200 foreign journalists who are in North Korea to cover the “Day of the Sun” celebrations, which mark this year the 105th anniversary of the birth of state founder Kim Il Sung, were told to expect a “big and important event” to take place today. Due to the increased tensions between the U.S. and North Korea, some suspect that Pyongyang will carry out its sixth nuclear test.
North Korean nuclear site Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

Foreign reporters in North Korea were instructed to prepare for a “big and important event” that will happen on Thursday. Even though the journalists did not receive the news about the event as an official announcement, there are those who suspect that the event will be related to the tensions in the region regarding Pyongyang’s nuclear program. A think tank that monitors North Korea warned that Pyongyang is preparing to carry out another nuclear test.

The think tank explained that recent satellite imagery showed increased activity near the Punggye-ri nuclear test site. If the country does carry out another nuclear test, it will be its sixth test of this kind.            

Celebrations in Pyongyang Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

North Korean officials did not give exact details about the expected event but similar announcements that were released before were not very serious. In 2016, for example, foreign journalists in North Korea were questioned for hours before an “event” was supposed to take place. In the end, the event turned out to be a pop music performance.

However, the situation in the region is different now as the tensions between North Korea and the U.S. have increased recently. U.S. President Donald Trump sent the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier toward the Korean peninsula a few days ago as a show of force. In response, North Korea said that it will respond to every act of U.S. aggression.

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