12/09/2016 from Japan
– South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency reported SK government sources said North Korea completed preparations for another nuclear test.
– The test may be conducted at any time in a previously unused tunnel at the Punggye-ri nuclear test site, where the five nuclear test happened.
– It is not revealed what activity was detected at that site.
-Korean Central News Agency of DPRK reported a North Korean press secretary said, “North Korea continues to improve nuclear power qualitatively and quantitatively in order to protect the country’s dignity and right to life from US’s increasing menace of nuclear war.”
Assessment: If another nuclear test is conducted by North Korea, it would demonstrate that the country disregards the statement by the U.N, Security Council after its fifth nuclear test and expected sanctions by the international community. It would invite more reactions from the international community and strengthen sanctions. To get Kim Jong-un to back down, countries such as South Korea, the US and Japan will encourage China to put more pressure on North Korea.