Some analysts suggested that North Korea might have been looking for the flawless time to maximize its impact of provocation, this time around when China holds the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party on Oct 18.
However unlikely, if North Korea eventually refrained itself from provocation until next month when US President Trump is slated to visit South Korea and other countries in the region, it would help create momentum for negotiation, analysts said. "Based on this, we have judged that the North could launch a provocation at any time", the source said.
Its sixth nuclear test took place just hours before the start of a summit of the so-called BRICS countries - Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa - hosted by Chinese President Xi Jinping in the southeastern city of Xiamen.
For the party's and Xi's honor, China can not allow any instability to occur before and during the congress that is expected to run for about a week. The meeting came days after Trump, who last month threatened to "destroy" North Korea, said on Twitter that years of talks with Pyongyang had achieved nothing and "only one thing will work".
Politicians from North and South Korea will not hold direct talks over Pyongyang's nuclear and missile program despite attending the same event in Russian Federation.
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White House Chief of Staff John Kelly said on October 12 that United States should be concerned about the ability of North Korea in reaching the country with their ballistic missile.
Earlier this week, Pyongyang again threatened to fire "a salvo of missiles" at the USA territory of Guam, and keep its hands "closer to [the] trigger" due to the drills.
"This year North Korea has conducted missile tests immediately after when there was progress on technology", said Koh Yoo-hwan, a professor of North Korean studies at Dongguk University. Pyongyang's latest diatribe comes in the wake of the U.S. dispatching its powerful and strategic military assets to the Korean peninsula to carry out drills.
US F-35A and F-22 stealth fighter jets, B-1B bombers and RQ-4 surveillance drones will participate in the Seoul International Aerospace and Defence Exhibition being held from tomorrow through Friday, but will not be armed, said a Yonhap report. It will kick off on Tuesday.