Since the U.S. Navy sent an aircraft carrier into waters off of the Korean Peninsula this week, it looks as if North Korea may be preparing another nuclear test in response.
Analysts from 38 North, a U.S.-based research institute that monitors North Korea, said that satellite imagery shows activity at the Punggye-ri testing site. They added that there was “movement around one of the portals and in the main administrative area of the site, as well as personnel seen at the command center.”
Korean officials told foreign journalists inside the country that they were about to witness a “big and important event” on Thursday.
South Korean officials are not confirming that the North Koreans may be staging a test. According to a report in Fox News, “South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff spokesman Roh Jae-cheon told reporters that Seoul saw no signs that North Korea was preparing any sort of provocative actions. Officials added that Pyongyang has maintained such readiness that it could conduct a missile test without warning.”
It’s been a busy week. On Monday, North Korea warned that it would “hold the U.S. wholly accountable for the catastrophic consequences” if any further military action takes place after the Navy aircraft carrier arrives in the waters of the Korean Peninsula.
After President Trump made it clear on Tuesday that the U.S. will do whatever it takes to get Kim Jong –un’s regime under control, Chinese President Xi Jinping called him on Wednesday to say that China seeks a peaceful solution to ending North Korea’s nuclear weapons program.
“China insists on realizing the denuclearization of the peninsula … and is willing to maintain communication and coordination with the American side over the issue on the peninsula,” said Xi.
H/T: Fox News
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