SEOUL, July 26. /TASS/. North Korea may conduct nuclear tests on the anniversary of the end of the Korean War on July 27, South Korean Minister of Unification Kwon Young-Se speculated Tuesday.
On Wednesday, North Korea will celebrate the Day of Victory in the Fatherland Liberation War (as North Korea calls the 1950-1953 Korean War).
"I believe that such a possibility exists," Kwon Young-Se said in an interview for CBS radio, answering a question if North Korea may conduct nuclear tests on this holiday.
Meanwhile, he noted that there is a possibility that nothing will happen. He pointed out that the potential speech by DPRK leader Kim Jong-Un at the Congress of Veterans is of great interest, because it may contain important political messages.
US and South Korean representatives have been stating for months that Pyongyang is ready for new nuclear tests, with specialists waiting for Kim Jong-Un’s decision. This position was reiterated by South Korean Minister of National Defense Lee Jong-Sup on Tuesday.
The Korean War started on June 25, 1950, and ended on July 27, 1953. In addition to DPRK and South Korean forces, the conflict involved Chinese volunteers on Pyongyang’s side and the US Army under the UN banner on Seoul’s side. North Korea also received support from the USSR. The war ended in an armistice, but a peace treaty has not been signed to this day.