Experts from the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in the United States say that preparations are underway for a new nuclear test by North Korea, announced today, Friday, Lusa.
Pyongyang, North Korea | An analysis of photographs taken by satellite this week showed a large volume of activity at North Korea’s Punggye-ri nuclear test center in the north-east of the country, CSIS said.
“The construction of new buildings, the movement of wood and the increase in the volume of equipment and materials at the exit of the new entrance to tunnel number 3 indicate that works are underway, both inside the tunnel number 3 and outside, in areas immediately nearby”, according to the analysis.
The entrances to tunnels numbers 3, 2 and 4 were
The entrances to tunnels numbers 3, 2 and 4 were demolished by the North Korean government in 2018, in a gesture to facilitate dialogue with the US at the start of diplomatic talks.
Dialogue with Washington has been suspended since the failure of the Hanoi summit in 2019 between North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and former US President Donald Trump.
In the photos obtained it is possible to see workers playing volleyball during a break, outside the administrative area, an image that has already been seen in 2017, during preparations for the seventh North Korean nuclear test.
“Although some sources suggest that the seventh nuclear test could take place between May and September of this year, the date of a seventh nuclear test will undoubtedly depend solely on the personal decision” of Kim Jong-un, said the CSIS.
Kim on Monday announced plans to “strengthen and expand” the country’s nuclear weapons during a military parade in Pyongyang.
Despite severe international sanctions, North Korea is stepping up efforts to modernize the army and since earlier this year has been testing weapons prohibited by international treaties.
On March 25, North Korea announced that it had launched a “giant missile” for the first time the day before. In the published photos and videos, Kim Jong-un appears to be supervising the test.
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