The anniversary this year comes just a week after North Korea launched its sixth nuclear test, its most powerful to date.
“They’ve already tested, last year, more than two dozen ballistic missiles.
This year they’re on pace to hit at least two dozen ballistic missile tests, if not more.
“So it’s difficult for the American intelligence community, and the international community in general, to be able to see exactly where they’re going to be testing their missiles.”North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, center, provides guidance on a nuclear weapons program in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang, North Korea, Sept. He noted, though, “That doesn’t mean that we won’t have an idea” where the tests will occur.
“There are reports that because the last test, for example, was on the runway, that the U. government knew about it in advance, we had satellite reconnaissance that likely confirmed it before it went off,” he said.” The South Korean Yonhap news agency quoted an unidentified government official as saying that the North could carry out a seventh nuclear test at its Punggye-ri test site at any moment, and it may hold another nuclear test in October to coincide with the founding anniversary of the ruling Workers' Party.
September 9 is significant as it marks North Korea's anniversary of its founding.