US says 'possibility' of N.Korea nuclear test during Biden's Asia trip

AFP , Wednesday 18 May 2022

The United States believes there is a "genuine possibility" that North Korea could conduct a nuclear test or other saber rattling while Joe Biden is on his first trip as president to Asia, a top US official said Wednesday.

Jake Sullivan
National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan speaks during the daily press briefing in the Brady Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, DC, on May 18, 2022.AFP


"Our intelligence does reflect the genuine possibility" of nuclear-capable missile tests or a nuclear weapon test around the time of Biden's trip, National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said.

The US military is prepared to "make both short and longer term adjustments" if necessary, he said.

Biden departs Thursday for a series of summits hosted by US allies South Korea and Japan.

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