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North Korea Will Likely Conduct a Nuclear Test Ahead of November’s U.S. Midterm Elections Says Former Spy Chief

Former National Intelligence Service Director Park Jie-won leaves his home in western Seoul on Aug. 16, 2022 after prosecutors conducted a raid in relation to an ongoing probe into the previous administration's handling of the death of a fisheries official at the hands of North Korea in 2020. (Yonhap)
Former National Intelligence Service Director Park Jie-won leaves his home in western Seoul on Aug. 16, 2022 after prosecutors conducted a raid in relation to an ongoing probe into the previous administration’s handling of the death of a fisheries official at the hands of North Korea in 2020. (Yonhap)

Former National Intelligence Service (NIS) Director Park Jie-won said Monday that North Korea will likely conduct a nuclear test ahead of November’s U.S. midterm elections to show off its nuclear capability.

“They are going to do it in order to demonstrate a threat that its missile can fly to the U.S. carrying a miniaturized and lighter warhead, and to deal a blow to the Joe Biden administration ahead of the midterm elections,” Park said on KBS Radio.

Park also said the North could undertake provocations in protest of military exercises that South Korea and the U.S. kicked off Monday.

“Chairman Kim Jong-un is not going to overlook it as if nothing happened,” he said.

Officials in South Korea and the U.S. have said that the North has completed all preparations and is ready to conduct what would be its seventh nuclear test at any time.

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