North Korea Said To Be Preparing Nuclear Device Detonation; Test Site Is “Primed And Ready”

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In a striking development involving the rapidly changing North Korean geopolitical situation, moments ago Voice of America reporter Steve Herman stated that according to US government and other sources, North Korea has “apparently placed a nuclear device in a tunnel and it could be detonated Saturday AM Korea time.”

He then quotes an NSA official who had no comment at this time, but said “we will be watching closely.”

Herman notes that this could be North Korea’s 6th nuclear test, following previous tests in 2006, 2009, 2013 and twice in 2016.

The VOA reporter also tweeted a 3-D model of North Korea’s nuclear test site with estimated locations of past explosions and notional tunnels.

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Meanwhile, satellite images courtesy of North 38 reveals that North Korea’s Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site appears “primed and ready.”

The website goes on to note that according to commercial satellite imagery of North Korea’s Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site from April 12 shows continued activity around the North Portal, new activity in the Main Administrative Area, and a few personnel around the site’s Command Center.

At the North Portal, what appears to be a small vehicle or trailer is located immediately outside the entrance; the water flow out of the portal has diminished in the past 10 days; and what may be a small trailer is visible on the road south of the portal. The netting—suspended over probable equipment—south of the portal’s support building remains in place, and there has been no significant dumping of additional material on the portal’s spoil pile.

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Figure 1. Vehicles or trailers are parked around the North Portal.

In the courtyards of the Main Administrative Area, are approximately 11 probable tarp-covered pallets of equipment or supplies, a formation of personnel, and several individuals walking about. No activity of significance is seen at the West or South Portals or elsewhere in the facility.

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Figure 2. Probable tarp-covered pallets and personnel are seen in the Main Administrative Area.

A few personnel are seen moving around the Command Center Area, guard barracks and security checkpoint.

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Figure 3. Small groups of people are seen in the support area of the Command Center.

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Figure 4. Individuals are seen walking near the guard barracks and security checkpoint.

The increased movement comes as tensions with the US threaten to spill over with a US Navy strike group heading towards the Korean peninsula.

As reported this afternoon, journalists visiting North Korea have have been told to prepare for a “big and important event” on Thursday as Pyongyang marks the 105th birth anniversary of its founding president Kim Il Sung on April 15, North Korea’s biggest national day called “Day of the Sun”.

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  • CUgator

    I warned you guys that he was sensitive about his weight!
    But you just had to keep making fat jokes.

  • David

    so we decapitate Kim Flung Dung and China inherits 46,000 more square miles of land. So would the North Korean people be better off under china’s rule?

    • SP_88

      I wouldn’t want to live under a Chinese government, but it’s certainly better than living in North Korea. The people of North Korea are treated very poorly at best, and at worst they are either put into forced labor camps or executed.
      Apparently they are all forced to worship Kim Jong Un like he is a god, or punished severely if they don’t.
      Any time someone escapes from the country, their family is punished severely for it.
      And what gets me is how our government meddles in the business of other countries because of their alleged abuse of their citizens, but they have all but ignored what goes on in this country.
      Obviously it’s because they have nothing to gain from interfering with North Korea. Nobody is trying to run a pipeline through North Korea, or steal their natural resources. So they don’t give a shit what they do. Until now, when it appears that they are about to have the ability to launch nuclear weapons.
      If not for that, they could oppress their people in miserable conditions forever for all they care.

      • Exactly. It’s not our business to demand that other countries become democratic. If they want to change the system, then they will have to do it themselves.

        • SP_88

          Could you imagine if another country started invading us because they didn’t like the way we ran our government?

          • It would be a national tragedy, and even more of our budget would be allocated to ‘defending’ our country. NATO would also lose their shit and bomb the hell out of every American metropolis.

  • I really hope this shitshow ends soon. The last thing we want is World War III.

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  • Mad Lou

    Dear Kim: D. C., London and Tel Aviv. These are the terrorist centers of the Earth. Just for your information, Dear Sir.

    Sorry our nation is led by terrorists and our citizens are clueless monkeys living in a trance, staring at their spy phones 24/7. Well, not me and a few other people, that is. So please take care of the terrorists in the world. We have your back, Mr. Kim.

  • Frank

    Pure speculation, nothing more. A few vehicles and a few trailers, pallets of supplies, small groups of people moving around the facility….really indicates nothing significant. If the KN were really within 72 hours of a nuclear test, there would be a lot more activity. Where are the technical teams and scientists? I’m skeptical, obviously.

  • TrevorD

    There is NO threat from N korea. Do we ever learn. This is another move by our Psycho leaders to create an enemy to `The Free World` to start a confrontation. I am not buying it and the mud slinging and war rhetoric aimed at NK, Syria and indeed Russia makes me sick to my stomach. Are Kim, Assad and Putin perfect, for sure not but they are angels compared to the warmonging psychopathic Western Government Puppets. Humanity needs to identify the real enemy and its right on our door steps. This `fog` needs to lift for all to see further.