April 17, 2024

Omicron has stopped normal life in Pyongyang. But will it stop a nuclear test?

Experts divided on whether Pyongyang will push ahead with nuclear test or focus all efforts on stamping out Omicron

North Korea’s first confirmed cases of COVID-19 may force the country to delay possible plans for a seventh nuclear test, experts told NK News, but by just how much depends on how effectively Pyongyang can contain the outbreak.

U.S. and ROK officials have  said in recent weeks that North Korea may conduct its seventh nuclear test as soon as this month, with the State Department citing movement and activity at the DPRK’s Punggye-ri nuclear test site

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