South Korean officials warned early Monday morning that North Korea appeared to be making preparations to launch a ballistic missile, possibly an intercontinental ballistic missile with the capacity to reach the North Pacific, BBC News reported.
â€śWe have continued to see signs of possibly more ballistic missile launches,â€ť warned Chang Kyung-soo, a South Korean defense ministry official, to lawmakers. â€śWe also forecast North Korea could fire an intercontinental ballistic missile.â€ť
While no timeframe was given for any launches, authorities believe that either Saturday, the anniversary of the foundation of North Koreaâ€™s regime, or October 10, the anniversary of the Workerâ€™s Party of Koreaâ€™s creation, could represent symbolic launch dates for the propaganda-prone Kim Jong Un regime.
South Korean defense ministry officials also claimed that the United States would deploy a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier to seas off the Korean peninsula to ward off any aggression.
The rogue nationâ€™s southern neighbor indicated over the weekend that it would already be bolstering its U.S.-made Thaad missile defense system â€“ strongly opposed by China and Russia — in the wake of Pyongyangâ€™s test of a nuclear bomb over the weekend. South Korea responded in kind with live-fire exercises geared toward hinting at the kind of response North Korea could expect to face if it attacks.
Meanwhile, the United Nations Security Council is set to hold an emergency meeting on Monday to discuss its response to the provocations, which come after both South Korean and Japanese leaders vowed to push for stronger UN sanctions and resolutions against North Korea.
A diplomatic approach to solving the North Korea problem has proven difficult; the Security Council imposed strict sanctions on North Koreaâ€™s exports last months, but Kim Jong Un has since boasted the development of a missile-ready hydrogen bomb and has carried out tests that resulted in startling seismic events.