11 Jan '12, 6am
N.Korea could conduct a third nuclear test or missile launch this year: S.Korean think-tank
SEOUL (AFP) - North Korea could conduct a third nuclear test or long-range missile launch this year as its new leader Kim Jong Un tries to strengthen his authority, a South Korean think-tank said on Wednesday. There are also 'ample possibilities' of limited attacks on the South by military commanders competing to demonstrate loyalty to Jong Un, the Institute for Foreign Affairs and National Security (IFANS) said in a report. The untested Jong Un, aged in his late 20s, was proclaimed supreme leader after his father Kim Jong Il died of a heart attack on Dec 17. The institute, which is affiliated to the South's foreign ministry, said Jong Un is likely to take 'risky actions' to strengthen his regime by showcasing his own accomplishments.