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( – There is growing concern within the Biden administration that North Korea might engage in more aggressive military actions, possibly including a nuclear test, around the time of the U.S. presidential election in November, as reported by NBC News.

Senior U.S. officials are also worried about a burgeoning military collaboration between North Korea and Russia, which could enhance Kim Jong Un’s nuclear capabilities and further escalate tensions in the Asia-Pacific region, as stated in the report.

A U.S. intelligence official expressed to NBC News, “There is a definite expectation of provocative behavior from North Korea this year, with uncertainties around the extent of its escalation.”

According to these officials, Russian President Vladimir Putin could potentially encourage North Korea to undertake its boldest military maneuvers in a decade during the election period.

This follows reports of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. elections. Recent intelligence suggests that North Korea is preparing to launch its second military spy satellite, according to South Korea’s military.

Additionally, North Korea has increased its missile tests, aiming to expand its arsenal—a move that analysts believe is intended to strengthen its negotiating power with the U.S.

Victor Cha, from the Center for Strategic and International Studies, warned NBC News, “2024 is shaping up to be a turbulent year.”

Anticipating a possible nuclear test by North Korea, U.S. officials have crafted contingency strategies for responding to potential aggressive acts, such as assaults on South Korea’s border islands or provocations in the demilitarized zone.

A senior administration official assured, “We will be ready and prepared for any scenario.”

Intelligence sources claim that Russia is supplying North Korea with technologies for nuclear submarines and ballistic missiles, raising fears that Putin is aiding Kim in developing a submarine capable of launching nuclear missiles.

In return, North Korea is reportedly sending large quantities of possibly outdated munitions to Russia for use in Ukraine.

Kim Jong Un’s sister recently reaffirmed their position, denying any arms dealings with Russia, according to state media KCNA.

Russia is also allegedly using its U.N. Security Council veto power to shield North Korea from sanctions aimed at curtailing its nuclear ambitions.

“This represents a significant shift,” a second senior administration official remarked to NBC News, highlighting the strategic changes in the region.

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