Satellite Photos: North Korea Preparing, Almost Ready to Conduct a Third Nuclear Test

by Colonel on January 25, 2013

“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 that North Koreans may have been sealing the tunnel into a mountainside where a nuclear device would be detonated.

[I]t remains difficult to discern North Korea’s true intentions, as a test would be conducted underground.

The analysis was provided to The Associated Press 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.

North Korea’s powerful National Defense Commission declared its plans Thursday after the U.N. Security Council tightened sanctions in response to a December long-range rocket launch.

The North said a nuclear test was part of “upcoming” action but did not say exactly when or where it would take place.

” — Copyright 2013 The Associated Press

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