Saturday will be the Day of the Sun, named for Kim Il-sung, who established the secretive state in 1948. Now his grandson, Kim Jong-un, stands poised to mark the occasion with another nuclear test. And if analysis of Kim’s favourite test site is anything to go by, it’ll be his biggest blast yet.
Chris Ogden, an expert in Asian security, told Daily Star Online there was a “good possibility” of a test on Saturday. He said:
Definitely for this celebration that’s coming up, a lot of it is to do with celebrating North Korea and its nationalism.
There may be some kind of show of strength that North Korea is progressing, that it’s independent, that it’s able to stand up to the system.
On the other side of things, North Korea doesn’t really have that many cards to play internationally, apart from testing a nuclear device or a missile.
Dr Ogden, who lectures at St Andrews University in Scotland, noted also that Saturday follows hot on the heels of an international meeting between the US and China. He said:
As a way of gaining attention it’s useful for them to conduct tests at the time of an international meeting. It creates a sense of crisis and keeps the focus on them.
To prove the point, we only need to look back to last year, when Kim launched three missiles while world leaders met in neighbouring China for the G20 conference.
Slashing the odds further is a fresh prediction from South Korea’s Ministry of Defence that the North has finished all preparations for a nuclear test this month.
It’s also been noted that every five years, the Day of the Sun is marked in a bigger way than the usual military parades, fireworks, and song and dance. The last time was five years ago, when Kim Jong-un tested a missile, as well as showcasing a new type of rocket design in a parade.
Rising fears of another nuclear test follow fresh satellite analysis of the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site by watchdog 38 North. They found that enough rock had been excavated there to allow the site to contain a blast up to 15 times bigger than the Hiroshima bomb.
Here’s what social networks say about this:
Charles Lahan What a world that has been taking over by greed and over ambitious leaders. What a gift to celebrate a birthday, hw i wish it was a break through birthday gift of a cure to HIV, poverty and other devastating situations affecting humanity negatively. I think animals re better compared to human, we re so cruel and wicked in mind.
Philip Roy Hayes im afraid it will be the last test ever .it will be taken out by USA WHEN HE WILL BE TAKEN OUT
Jon Wren If this happens Kim can be a very easy target because if its the biggest ever nuke tested am sure he will be watching, just carpet bomb the C**T
Ogbuu Nwanka In the previous test how many people died and how many people survive in Yemen and in Syria as U S just flew over these cities without test of any kind of nuke
Steve Haynes If he does drop one, it’ll be on the US fleet!!