This week marks two significant dates for North Korea- the anniversaries of its first nuclear test and the foundation of the ruling Worker’s Party of Korea.
Officials have warned that North Korea could use the special dates- including with regard to, the Oct. 10 anniversary of the Worker’s Party which coincides with Columbus Day in the U.S.- to elicit the U.S. or launch a new missile.
“There is a clarity of purpose in what( Northern korean leader) Kim Jong Un is doing. I don’t think he’s done, “ Yong Suk Lee, the deputy assistant director of the CIA’s Korea Mission Center, said at a seminar last week, according to Reuters. “In fact, I told my own faculty( that) Oct. 10 th is the Korean Workers Party founding day. That’s Tuesday in North Korea, but Monday- the Columbus Day holiday – in the United States. So stand by your phones.”
As North Korea’s past provocations have coincided with dates important to them, the U.S ., China or Japan, Dr. Sung-Yoon Lee, the Kim Koo-Korea Foundation Professor of Korean Studies at the Fletcher School at Tufts University, predicted the east Asian country could test a missile by late Monday night.
North Korea said it had “perfect success” with a hydrogen bomb test on Sept. 3, 2017, Labor Day weekend in the U.S. It said it tested its first nuclear bomb on Oct. 9, 2006, coinciding with Party Foundation Day in North Korea, Lee said.
Other nuclear tests have lined up with Memorial Day weekend in the U.S. in 2009, Lunar New Year galas in China in 2013, Kim Jong Un’s birthday in 2016 and the Day of the Foundation of the Republic in 2016.
North Korea also tested its first successful intercontinental ballistic missile on July 4, 2017.
“I have a feeling that they’re ready[ for provocation] and they’re biding their hour … for the most adverse impact, ” Lee told Fox News Monday. He predicted that the country could fire a missile into the water by Guam- which would illicit a reply that would still be less than if Americans were killed.
“They like to rub it in and spoiling government officials’ long weekends, ” Lee said.
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