North Korea Prepares for Another Nuclear Test

David Lee, April 14, 2017, 10:07 a.m.

North Korea's nuclear test site in remote Punggye-ri, North Hamgyong Province seems "primed and ready" for another test, the website 38 North at Johns Hopkins University said Wednesday. The website reached the conclusion based on commercial satellite images and its conclusions are usually reliable.

The U.S. Air Force has reportedly dispatched a WC-135 nuclear sniffer aircraft that detects radioactivity in the air to Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan. The North may well decide to conduct another nuclear test to make the 105th birthday of nation founder Kim Il-sung. Meanwhile his grandson, current leader Kim Jong-un watched a special operations drill practicing infiltration of South Korea and attacks in the rear area, the official Rodong Sinmun reported Thursday.

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