South Korean officials are preparing for yet another North Korean missile launch, with experts predicting Kim Jong Un will test another intercontinental ballistic missile over the weekend to celebrate the anniversary of the communist nation’s founding, reports the Associated Press.
A spokeswoman for the South Korean government warned the North was preparing the ICBM launch for Saturday, noting Kim had previously used his nuclear and missile tests to mark national holidays.
Days earlier, the hermit kingdom orchestrated mass rallies and parades throughout Pyongyang to honor the scientists behind last week’s successful nuclear explosion.
Tensions throughout the Pacific are at an all-time high, with American, South Korean, and Japanese militaries in high alert after Kim hurled a medium-range missile over Japanese territory earlier this month.
President Trump slammed the North Korean regime over the incident, saying “Military action would certainly be an option” should Kim continue his nuclear and missile programs.
“I would prefer not going the route of the military, but it’s something certainly that could happen,” Trump added. “I don’t put my negotiations on the table, unlike past administrations. I don’t talk about them. But I can tell you North Korea is behaving badly and it’s got to stop.”