N.Korea to conduct underground nuclear test

Posted on April 9, 2012


It has already alarmed the world with its imminent rocket launch. But now it also appears that North Korea is on the verge of executing another underground nuclear test.

South Korean news agency Yonhap has reported leaked information from an anonymous domestic security source that claims the test will occur at the same site in Kilju, next to the Chinese border, as two previous detonations in 2006 and 2009.

The information appears to be based on high-resolution satellite photos that show a build-up of earth near the entrance to a tunnel at the site. A tunnel has to be dug up for any test to be conducted.

“We have confirmed the mining work is coming to its final stage,” the source was quoted as saying.

North Korea’s previous nuclear experiments led to a slew of international sanctions against it, and with tensions already running high, the response is likely to be no different this time.

Any test would be in contravention of a much-trumpeted agreement in February when the isolated regime agreed to halt its nuclear program in exchange for food aid.


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