World 'holding its breath' ahead of possible North Korean nuclear test

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The world is “holding its breath” ahead of a possible new North Korean nuclear test which would be “new confirmation” that Pyongyang's nuclear program is “moving at full speed”, the boss worried on Thursday of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). 

“Everyone is holding their breath,” Rafael Grossi told reporters on the sidelines of a meeting of the UN Security Council on Ukraine, “because another nuclear test would be further confirmation of a nuclear program that is moving full steam ahead in an incredibly worrying direction,” he added. p>

“New tests, of course, mean that they are fine-tuning the preparation and the construction of their arsenal. So we are following this very closely, ”he said. “We hope it doesn't happen, but unfortunately the indications are going the other way.”

Seoul and Washington have repeatedly warned that Pyongyang may be on the verge of another trial nuclear, for the first time since 2017, after a series of ballistic missile launches in recent weeks.

A missile flew over Japan last month and North Korea has separately claimed to have carried out nuclear exercises tactics.

The United States, Japan and South Korea warned Wednesday that a North Korean nuclear test would prompt an “unprecedented force response.”