North Korea to Launch 3rd Test 'Soon' 'Preparations are almost complete,' source says By Kevin Spak, Newser Staff Posted Apr 24, 2012 8:28 AM CDT 5 comments Comments In this April 5, 2009 image made from KRT video, a rocket is lifted off from its launch pad in Musudan-ri, North Korea. (AP Photo/KRT TV, File) (Newser) – North Korea isn't done thumbing its nose at the world, and is now preparing to launch a third nuclear weapons test, a senior source tells Reuters. When asked if North Korea was planning another nuclear test, following its much-condemned 2006 and 2009 demonstrations, the official replied, "Soon. Preparations are almost complete." Observers say it may be Pyongyang's first test using highly enriched uranium, a worrying prospect, since it would mean North Korea could more easily produce warheads for long-range missiles.