The country’s Foreign Minister Taro Kono said: “[North Korea] is doing everything possible to prepare for the next nuclear test: it is currently extracting earth from an underground tunnel where the previous test was carried out”.
The leader of the hermit kingdom said after meeitng with President Xi Jinping of China that he was “committed to denuclearisation” after sparking World War 3 fears with a series of missile tests.
He added: “If South Korea and the US respond to our efforts in good faith, build a peaceful and stable atmosphere, and adopt phased and simultaneous steps for peace, the issue of denuclearisation on the Peninsula can be resolved.
Two days ago it was announced that North Korea’s despotic dictator Kim Jong-un will face off with South Korean president Moon Jae-in at the “truce village” of Panmunjom.
The two states will host their first leaders summit in more than 10 years on April 27 at the village of Panmunjom in Korea’s Demilitarised Zone.
Both nations agreed to hold the summit after Mr Jae-in sent a delegation to Pyongyang to meet the North Korean leader.
The two sides said in a joint statement that they will meet on April 4 to hammer out final details of the summit such as news releases, security and staffing support.
Mr Gwon added: “We will have a fair number of issues to resolve on a working-level for preparations over the next month.
“But if the two sides deeply understand the historic significance and meaning of the summit and give their all, we will be able to solve all problems swiftly and amicably.”
Earlier this week Kim and President Xi Jinping of China met and it was believed the meeting would help ease tensions and lead to denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula.
Senior Chinese official Yang Jiechi said: “We believe (Kim’s) visit will help the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula, ensure peace and security of the Korean peninsula and resolve problems regarding the peninsula through political negotiations and discussions.”
The last nuclear missile test launched by North Kore was November 28 last year and the rocket travlled for 50 minutes and reached 2,800 miles, which was a new miletone for distance and height.
Not much is known about the missile ot it’s range, but experts believe it could reach up to 8,000 miless, which shocked residnets of Hawaii in the US.
In Spetember last year one of Kim’s rockets were flown direclty over Japan, worsening tensions in the region.