Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

North Korea's Punggye-ri nuclear test site showing 'significant tunneling' activity

North Korea's Punggye-ri nuclear test site showing 'significant tunneling' activity

There's a significant amount of tunneling activity at North Korea's nuclear testing site, commercial satellite images show, suggesting the area is being prepped for a future nuclear test, according to a report from 38 North, a website dedicated to analyzing the rogue state.

Approximately 100-120 people were seen in the courtyard of the Southern Support Area in seven formations - a rare occurrence, the objective of which is unknown.

"Approximately nine mining carts are present at the West Portal, and there appear to be new rails on top of the spoil pile", 38North experts said in a report.

The recent activity at the Punggye-ri nuclear test site comes on the heels of North and South Korean negotiators meeting Tuesday at the Demilitarized Zone.

Based on a trip to Pyongyang, Vorontsov said the atmosphere there was unstable and that the soldiers were "long been sleeping without removing their boots". Both Trump and North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un have recently made threats in a shocking war of words, fuelling panic and hysteria about a possible war breaking out between the two nations.

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"These [North Korea] officials feared that the US was already trying to shape the battlefield for a military operation against the North, and that South Koreans do not seem to have grasped the reality that the Trump administration is set on a course for preventive war".

Trump said on Twitter on Thursday that talks between North and South Korea were "a good thing", but the USA ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley added that the U.S. "I hope that doesn't happen", Haley said.

The olive branch led to the first official dialogue between the two Koreas in more than two years, and an agreement for Pyongyang to send a delegation to next month's Winter Olympics in the South.The apparent rapprochement came after months of confrontation, during which Pyongyang carried out multiple missile tests and by far its biggest nuclear detonation to date.

The North Korean leader claimed that he has a button on his desk to order a nuclear strike against the USA, but for Kim to field a reliable nuclear deterrent against the US and its allies, additional weapons testing will be undoubtedly be required.

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