North Korea May Be Preparing Nuke Test

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
A U.S. research institute says recent satellite photos show North Korea could be almost ready to carry out its threat to conduct a nuclear test.

FILE - In this Dec. 21, 2012 file image made from video, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un speaks at a banquet for rocket scientists in Pyongyang, North Korea. North Korea's top governing body warned Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013 that the regime will conduct its third nuclear test in defiance of U.N. punishment, and made clear that its long-range rockets are designed to carry not only satellites but also warheads aimed at striking the United States. The National Defense Commission, headed by the country's young leader, rejected Tuesday's U.N. Security Council resolution condemning North Korea's long-range rocket launch in December as a banned missile activity and expanding sanctions against the regime. (AP Photo/KRT via AP Video, File) NORTH KOREA OUT

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A U.S. research institute says recent satellite photos show North Korea could be almost ready to carry out its threat to conduct a nuclear test.
The images of the Punggye-ri site, where nuclear tests were conducted in 2006 and 2009, reveal that over the past month, roads have been kept clear of snow and possible steps taken to seal the tunnel into a mountainside where a nuclear device would be detonated.
But it remains difficult to discern North Korea's true intentions, as a test would be conducted underground.
The analysis was provided to The Associated Press Friday by 38 North, the website of the U.S.-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. The latest image was taken Wednesday.
Pyongyang declared its plans Thursday.

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  • by Anonymous on Jan 27, 2013 at 10:33 AM
    I think King Barry, Prince Harry, and Princess Pelosi should simply ban North Korea from having nuclear weapons and limit the capacity of their other weapons. If weapons bans are good for Americans in their eyes, why wouldn't it work for the Chi-Com North Koreans??
  • by James Location: Lansing on Jan 25, 2013 at 12:46 PM
    The one thing that this testosterone filled 20 something piglet with a bad haircut doesn't seem to understand, is that Americans are very very violent people. If you take a punch at us, you better be prepared to get knocked out, teeth bashed in, and then kicked when you are down. What this snout faced Dufus doesn't seem to understand, is that in 20 minutes or less, the United States could completely wipe his entire country from the face of this earth. Keep on talking Piglet, keep on talking.
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