Beijing: North Korea has almost completed preparations for a third nuclear test and has the capacity to carry it out "soon," a source with close ties to Pyongyang and Beijing told reporters.
“Soon. Preparations are almost complete," the source said when asked whether North Korea was planning to undertake a nuclear test.
The source has correctly predicted events in the past, telling about North Korea`s first nuclear test in 2006 days before it took place.
Meanwhile, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has warned North Korea against "further provocative measures."
The UN chief was asked to comment on yesterday`s warning from North Korea`s military of imminent "special actions" that would reduce South Korea`s government to ashes within minutes.
North Korea attempted to launch a rocket on April 13 but it disintegrated.
Ban urged North Korea to fully observe UN Security Council resolutions which reflect the will of the international community. The resolutions imposed tough sanctions against the North and ban nuclear and missile tests.
Ban, a former South Korean foreign minister, said "any further provocative measures will not be desirable for the peace and stability of the Korean Peninsula."