South Korea’s Unification Ministry expects North Korea will continue to seek advancement of its nuclear and missile capabilities next year.
The ministry presented the assessment in a report on Monday, based on its projection that the North will conduct tests of intermediate-range Musudan missiles, submarine-launched ballistic missiles, intercontinental ballistic missiles and missiles that can carry mock nuclear warheads.
Pyongyang claimed that it successfully detonated a nuclear warhead with its fifth nuclear test on September ninth. The view among South Korean experts is that the North is nearing the final stages before deployment of a nuclear weapon.
Meanwhile, the ministry also forecasts Pyongyang may go all-out next year to idolize its leader Kim Jong-un as part of efforts to solidify his leadership.