North Korea military meeting hints at nuclear test
North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un has chaired a top military meeting that discussed what he calls a looming great turn in military capability, fuelling expectations of an imminent nuclear test.
According to state media, Mr Kim made a speech at the Central Military Commission meeting, attended by the heads of the Korean army, the powerful National Defence Commission and the strategic rocket force.
In his speech to the military commission, Mr Kim issued specific guidelines for defending the security and sovereignty of the country.
Experts and intelligence sources say North Korea has completed preparations for a third nuclear test, which Pyongyang threatened in response to UN sanctions imposed for a long-range rocket launch it carried out in December last year.
Over the past week, Pyongyang has issued a series of daily warnings threatening action over the UN sanctions, including a promise of the toughest retaliation.
A number of observers in South Korea believe the nuclear test will come before the Lunar New Year on the 10th of this month.