NORTH KOREA, Iran and China are forming an alliance as Kim Jong-un is set to launch a ‘bigger and badder’ nuclear missile within 24 hours, an expert has said.
This comes as the United States remains “distracted” by the war in Ukraine. Harry Kazianis, an analyst at the Centre for National Interest and an expert on U.S. foreign policy and national security challenges, told Express.co.uk on Monday that North Korea is “more than likely” going to test a more advanced Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) “in the next two days”.
The national security expert claimed that similar challenges to the West will become increasingly common as a result of the major disruption caused by Putin’s war in Ukraine.
He said that Iran is also likely to be developing its nuclear arsenal, collaborating with North Korea as part of an “authoritarian axis”.
Iran, he said, is set to possess an ICBM within “the next few years”, despite attempts to broker a nuclear agreement with the United States.
The US and Iran are engaging in crunch talks as President Biden attempts to prevent the country from obtaining nuclear weapons.
Mr Kazianis also said that China will continue to “push Taiwan” in the coming years, amid growing tension between the two countries.
When asked if the West is likely to see increased challenges from countries like North Korea and China as a result of the war in Ukraine, Mr Kazianis said: “Absolutely.
“This is a time that countries, who know that the United States are distracted, to really do things that they would be afraid to.
“It’s not a coincidence that North Korea is more than likely going to test a bigger and badder ICBM probably in the next two days or so if reports are accurate.
“I wouldn’t be shocked.