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Get ready for North Korea’s seventh nuclear test. Yes, the hermit dictator Kim Jong Un is back. On Thursday, he gave a speech marking the 69th anniversary of the “victory” over the U.S. in the Korean War. It was really an armistice, and North Korea got the short end of the stick, but whatever.
Kim declared his “nuclear war deterrence is also fully ready to mobilize.” Translation: Kim can probably order the first nuclear test since 2017 any time he wants.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and President Joe Biden (AP Images)
The State Department warned in April that North Korea may be preparing for a nuclear weapons test. During President Trump’s denuclearization diplomacy in 2018, North Korea shut down some facilities at their Punggye-ri tunnel test site. Now, satellite photos – which North Korea obviously wants you to see – show a refurbished site ready for a test.
Kim is already upset about South Korea’s new government and the summer slate of U.S. military exercises with South Korea’s military so there won’t be any shortages of fake reasons for the test.