Amid rising tensions on the Korean Peninsula as North Korea appears to be ready for its seventh nuclear test, a UN report says that throughout the first half of this year the regime had been making preparations for one.
While attending the East Asia Summit held in Cambodia, South Korea's foreign minister reportedly expressed his concern over the matter while speaking to his Russian counterpart.
Bae Eun-ji has the details.
North Korea was recently seen preparing for a nuclear test, for the first time in almost five years.
Citing an excerpt of a confidential UN report, Reuters reported Thursday that North Korea made preparations for a nuclear test during the first six months of this year.
It also reported that work at the Punggye-ri nuclear test site paves the way for additional nuclear tests and for the possible development of nuclear weapons.
Punggye-ri is the only known nuclear test site in North Korea.
Six tests were carried out there between 2006 and 2017.
But in May 2018 it was shut down and blown up after the regime's leader Kim Jong-un promised to halt all nuclear tests.
But, recent satellite images showed the regime restoring one of the site's tunnels.
Both South Korean and U.S. officials have been warning that a North Korean nuclear test could be imminent.
Meanwhile, at the East Asia Summit held in Cambodia, South Korea's Foreign Minister, Park Jin on Friday was seated next to his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov.
Park expressed concerns about heightened tensions on the Korean Peninsula and the possiblity of North Korea conducting its seventh nuclear test.
In response, Lavrov said Russia is closely monitoring the situation in the North using different methods.. including satellites.
The East Asia Summit is a meeting that brings together top diplomats from 27 countries, including South Korea, the U.S., China, Japan, Russia and ASEAN countries.
Bae Eun-ji, Arirang News.