North Korea Digging Tunnel for Nuke Test: Seoul
And piles of dirt at the Punggye-ri site indicate it could happen soon
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Apr 9, 2012 7:04 AM CDT
South Koreans watch a TV news program which shows North Korea's Unha-3 rocket at Seoul train station in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, April 9, 2012.   (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

(Newser) – North Korea looks to be preparing a third nuclear test, the AP reports: New photos show work on an underground tunnel—at the site of two earlier such tests—is nearly finished, say South Korean intelligence officials. "North Korea is covertly preparing for a third nuclear test, which would be another grave provocation," says the intelligence report, noting that dirt piled at the tunnel's opening indicates there's a "high possibility" Pyongyang could launch the test—soon. That's because plugging tunnels with dirt was the final step taken during its two previous nuclear tests at the Punggye-ri site, in 2006 and 2009.

Meanwhile, the North is almost ready to start fueling a long-range rocket; it will be launched April 12-13, according to Pyongyang. While officials there say the rocket's goal is to send a satellite into space, the US fears the country is preparing a prohibited missile launch. The North has aimed to reassure journalists by inviting them to view preparations, Yonhap News reports. "If you look for yourselves with your own eyes, then you can judge whether it's a ballistic missile, or whether it's a launch vehicle to put a satellite into orbit," the launch site's boss told the group of the 100-foot-long red- and blue-painted rocket, according to CNN journalists who were present.

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JackNelsonSteward
Apr 9, 2012 2:32 PM CDT
boy, the damage they did ... I can no longer see an article where "photos" are represented as showing something without seeing those "photos" we were shown (and which were interpreted to us) of the "biological weapons labs" and the trucks that were supposedly hauling ... whatever the hell they were supposed to be hauling ...while they were inflating the Iraq invasion. Sorry .... at this point I have no idea how you guys can regain your credibility. Y'all suckered us into a war that we're STILL no completely out of ... based a lot on "photos" you TOLD us showed this and that and the other. NOW ... you've got "photos" that indicate North Korea's tunneling ... I North Korea FARTS hard, for cryin' out loud, the shit will rain from the sky in in PRECentedly COPIOUS quantities. They know that ... Do you think a regime that lives on 20 year old scotch and all the other things that so enthralled "Dear Leader" is gonna do something to interrupt the flow of the "percs?" What would their motive be in even LOOKING like they had at one time THOUGHT about dropping something on the United States? Talk about your Krispie Kritters. We already created TWO clinical projects for observing the long term effects of nuclear weapons. We don't need another the size of North Korea,
DarkFrancis
Apr 9, 2012 9:34 AM CDT
North Korea's no more a threat to the world than a clutch of trolltards is a threat to Newser.
scottbx
Apr 9, 2012 9:07 AM CDT
Asians annoy me with their coy ways.