North Korea – Politics – Military – Nuclear

North Korea Nuclear Test Site Ready for New Tests: Monitor

North Korea Nuclear Test Site Ready for New Tests: Monitor
Sat Mar 19, 2016 09:00:46

North Korea could carry out another nuclear test at any time, a US think tank has suggested, after analyzing satellite imagery from Pyongyang’s main testing site.

Activity at the Punggye-ri underground facility suggested the North was maintaining tunnels as well as cleaning up after its internationally condemned detonation in January, the US-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins University said on Friday.

“It is highly likely that (the) site is capable of supporting additional tests at any time,” it said on its closely watched 38North website.

Satellite images taken this month supported theories that there were unused test chambers at the site and showed activity around the main support area, with numerous vehicle tracks and footpaths visible, it said.

At one entrance to the test tunnels, snow had been cleared, indicating that they were at the very least being maintained for future tests, the think tank said.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un has ordered an imminent nuclear warhead explosion test and multiple ballistic missile launches, Pyongyang’s state media said this week, ratcheting up Pyongyang’s face-off with the international community just days after being slapped with tough UN sanctions.

The North carried out its fourth nuclear test on January 6, followed a month later by a long-range rocket launch, apparently a disguised ballistic missile test; AFP reported.

S/SH 11

Category:
string(2234) "[{"id":"1798960","sort":"3514862","contenttypeid":"21","pic":"/2016/03/15/alalam_635936332034619013_25f_4x3.jpg","title":"North Korea Leader Orders Nuclear Warhead Test, Missile Launches"} ,{"id":"1795365","sort":"3514863","contenttypeid":"21","pic":"/2016/03/04/alalam_635926831897661105_25f_4x3.jpg","title":"North Korea Orders All Nuclear Weapons Placed on Full Alert"} ,{"id":"1787095","sort":"3514864","contenttypeid":"21","pic":"/2016/02/07/alalam_635904584140130859_25f_4x3.jpg","title":"VIDEO: A Speck of Light over North Korea Shows Launching of Long-Range Rocket"} ,{"id":"1784103","sort":"3514865","contenttypeid":"21","pic":"/2016/01/29/alalam_635896672284819768_25f_4x3.jpg","title":"Japan Orders Army to Target North Korea Missile"} ,{"id":"1783767","sort":"3514866","contenttypeid":"21","pic":"/2016/01/28/alalam_635895794885774872_25f_4x3.jpg","title":"North Korea Ready for Missile Launch: Japan Government"} ,{"id":"1779789","sort":"3514867","contenttypeid":"21","pic":"/2016/01/16/alalam_635885623339671041_25f_4x3.jpg","title":"North Korea Offers Path to Stop Nuclear Tests"} ,{"id":"1779320","sort":"3514868","contenttypeid":"21","pic":"/2016/01/15/alalam_635884522092493518_25f_4x3.jpg","title":"South Korea, China Defense Officials Discuss North Korea Nuclear Test"} ,{"id":"1778643","sort":"3514869","contenttypeid":"21","pic":"/2016/01/13/alalam_635882811054311295_25f_4x3.jpg","title":"South Korea President Urges Tough Global Response to North Korea’s Nuclear Test"} ,{"id":"1777422","sort":"3514870","contenttypeid":"21","pic":"/2016/01/09/alalam_635879431333001387_25f_4x3.jpg","title":"New Video Shows North Korea Submarine Ballistic Missile Test"} ,{"id":"1776887","sort":"3514871","contenttypeid":"21","pic":"/2016/01/07/alalam_635877767591400405_25f_4x3.jpg","title":"South Korea, Japan, US Promise ‘Severe Response’ to North Korea"} ,{"id":"1776810","sort":"3514872","contenttypeid":"21","pic":"/2016/01/07/alalam_635877615312543384_25f_4x3.jpg","title":"North Korea Faces UN Sanctions Threat over Nuclear Test"} ,{"id":"1772709","sort":"3514873","contenttypeid":"21","pic":"/2015/12/25/alalam_635866464731741484_25f_4x3.jpg","title":"North Korea Has Enough Plutonium to Make 8 Nukes: Seoul"} ]"