NYT: North Korea may soon conduct a new nuclear test
NEW YORK, April 13. /Offset. TASS Kirill Volkov/. North Korea in the near future may hold the next, the sixth nuclear test. This was reported by the newspaper The New York Times.
According to the publication, this is indicated by the satellite images studied by American experts. According to the newspaper, the experts record “a broad spectrum of activity in the area of mount Mantapam” in the province of Hamgyong, where it is believed the US, Pyongyang conducted its underground nuclear test.
Analysts believe that North Korea could coincide with a possible nuclear test to 105-th anniversary since the birth of first leader Kim Il-sung (1912-1994), which will be celebrated next Saturday, the newspaper said. It is in this context recalled that Pyongyang often celebrates significant dates with a demonstration of military power.
According to the TV station KBS, Korea has completed preparations for the next test. “The satellite images of the ground in the County of Pung-ri province of Hamgyong-bukto can be seen that at the entrance to the North tunnel work continues. There is also increased activity in the command post and administrative buildings”, — said the TV channel.
In addition, according to him, during the last ten days has slowed the pace of work on pumping water out of the tunnel. In this regard, the experts came to the conclusion that he is ready to conduct underground nuclear explosion.
“The test can be performed at any time after loading the nuclear devices and telemetry equipment,” reads the report.
Previously, South Korean intelligence reported that North Korea may test a new type of a nuclear device in the near future.
Currently the Korean Peninsula is moving strike group, the U.S. Navy led by the nuclear aircraft carrier Carl Vinson. It includes the missile cruiser and two guided missile destroyers. According to Japanese media reports, two US warships to strengthen this connection with the naval base in San Diego (CA).
In South Korea fear that the new provocations of Pyongyang may provoke a US application on the DPRK military strike that will lead to full-scale war in the region.
Pyongyang has now conducted five underground nuclear tests: one test in 2006, 2009, 2013, and two in 2016.