WORLD ON THE EDGE: Kim Jong-un is preparing ANOTHER nuclear test, satellite images show
Photographs from space show tunnel excavation at the country’s main nuclear test site might have resumed as despot Kim Jong-un could be set to unleash his latest statement of intent.
Pyongyang carried out a Hydrogen bomb test in January this year and was followed by a string of weapons tests by the reclusive nation – prompting the United Nations to slap North Korea with further sanctions.
The latest movements from the tyrannical state suggest preparations are being carried out ahead of a nuclear test.
The images show two small mining carts on a track crossing a road from a tunnel entrance, which could be an attempt by Pyongyang to conceal its plans.
A US report by 38 North claimed: “The presence of the two carts… and the absence of any notable changes in the spoil pile suggests that tunnel excavation operations are about to resume, or have recently resumed, for the first time this year.”
Bitter rivals South Korea have declined to comment on the possible nuclear preparations but said the military is on high alert over the possibility that the North could conduct a nuclear test at any time.
Kim Jong-un has vowed to carry out more nuclear tests after carrying out his four tests, despite the UN sanctions.
The latest development comes as a US official warned that if Pyongyang launches another nuclear test, it will trigger further punishments from the UN.
Danny Russel, Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs: “Like a regimen of medicine, the dosage can be upped when the effects fall short of what's required.”
Analysts say the atomic test could happen before the country holds a landmark ruling Communist Party congress in Pyongyang in early May.
The revelation comes just days after the despot failed in his attempt to launch a ballistic missile capable of reaching American soil.