International desk – North Korea is believed to have been preparing for more missile launches after it conduct many missile test violating repeatedly the UN directives.
The South Korea says it has seen indications that the North was preparing more intercontinental ballistic missiles, according to a BBC report.
Defence officials have been briefing parliament in Seoul after the North’s test of a nuclear bomb at the weekend.
The South has responded to the test with live-fire exercises, with both ground- and air-launched rockets.
The US has warned that any threat to itself or its allies would be met with a “massive military response”.
The North says it tested a hydrogen bomb that can fit on to a long-range missile.
Pyongyang has repeatedly defied UN sanctions and international pressure by developing nuclear weapons and testing missiles, and the provocations have only intensified.
In the past two months it has conducted intercontinental ballistic missile tests, sending one over mainland Japan into the Pacific Ocean. It has also threatened to fire missiles towards the US Pacific territory of Guam.
The United Nations Security Council is to hold an emergency meeting later on Monday to discuss its response.
Ahead of that meeting, South Korea and Japan’s leaders had agreed to push for a stronger UN resolution on North Korea, said a South Korean presidential palace spokesman.
The Security Council last imposed sanctions in August, targeting North Korean exports.
Chang Kyung-soo, a defence ministry official, told parliament: “We have continued to see signs of possibly more ballistic missile launches. We also forecast North Korea could fire an intercontinental ballistic missile.”
The ministry also told parliament the US would seek to deploy a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier to seas off the peninsula.
It also said there would be more live-fire drills this month, involving Taurus air-to-surface missiles mounted on F-15 jets, according to BBC.