N. Korea may be capable of sarin-loaded missile attack: Japan PM

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has warned that North Korea may be capable of firing a missile loaded with sarin nerve gas toward Japan.

The photos of North Korea's Punggye-ri nuclear test site taken on Wednesday show continued activity around the North Portal (where earlier tests were conducted), new activity in the Main Administrative Area, and a few personnel around the site's Command Centre, US-based 38 North reported.

According to South Korea's 2016 Defense White Paper, North Korea has been developing chemical weapons since 1980.

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Sarin is a nerve agent banned by the United Nations chemical weapons convention and is capable of killing victims within minutes. It has a particular resonance with the public in Japan because it was used in a terrorist attack on the Tokyo subway by the doomsday cult group Aum Shinrikyo in 1995.

Originally conceived as a pesticide, sarin was used by Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein's regime to gas thousands of Kurds in the northern town of Halabja in 1988.

And South Korea, China and Japan are all in range of North Korean non-nuclear missiles. Instead, the country is gearing up for its biggest holiday of the year, the 105th anniversary of the birth of the late Kim Il Sung, the country's founder and leader Kim Jong Un's grandfather. Now, the USA has found satellite images that show a high level of activity around the suspected test site.

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"Innocent citizens, including babies and children, fell victim in Syria", Abe said.

Following the meeting, the President said he had told Mr Xi "that a trade deal with the U.S. will be far better for them if they solve the North Korean problem".

"If not, we will solve the problem without them!"

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