U.S. warns of possible North Korean nuclear or missile test during Biden Asia trip
U.S intelligence shows there could be a North Korean nuclear test, or bullet test, or both, ahead, during or after President Joe Biden’s trip to South Korea and Japan starting this week, the U.S. public security counsel Jake Sullivan, said on Wednesday.
Sullivan told a white house, in briefing that we are preparing for all contingencies including the possibility that such a provocation would do while we are in Korea or japan.
Sullivan said the United States was coordinating nearly with South Korea and Japan on the issue and had also bandied North Korea with his Chinese counterpart Yang Jiechi about North Korea in a phone call on Wednesday.
“We have indicated in relatively clear terms that our intelligence does reflect a genuine possibility that there will be either a farther bullet test, including long- range bullet test, or a nuclear test, or honestly both, in the days leading into, on, or after the chairman’s trip to the region,”Sullivan said.
Train Print- A North Korean flag canvases on a mast at the Permanent Mission of North Korea in Geneva
FILE PHOTO-A North Korean flag canvases on a mast at the Permanent Mission of North Korea in Geneva October 2, 2014. REUTERS/ Denis Balibouse/ Train Picture
He said the United States was prepared to make both short and longer term adaptations to its military posture as necessary”to insure that we’re furnishing both defense and deterrence to our abettors in the region and that we are responding to any North Korean provocation.”
White House prophet Karine Jean-Pierre told the same briefing Biden would not visit the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) that divides North and South Korea during his visit to South Korea, which begins on Friday.
The White House said last week Biden was considering such a trip.