N. Korea May Be Prepping Twin Nuke Tests
Satellite images show pair of completed tunnels
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 4, 2013 7:10 AM CST
Updated Feb 4, 2013 7:53 AM CST
In this undated photo distributed Feb. 3, 2013, Kim Jong Un attends an enlarged meeting of the Central Military Commission of the Workers' Party of Korea at an undisclosed location in North Korea.   (AP Photo/Korean Central News Agency via Korea News Service)

(Newser) – New intelligence reports suggest North Korea is planning not one, but two nuclear tests in the near future. Satellite images show activity at two tunnels at the Punggye-ri nuclear test site, with preparations apparently completed at both, a South Korean government source tells the Chosun Ilbo. "There is a chance that the southern tunnel is a decoy, but we aren't ruling out that the regime will conduct nuclear tests simultaneously" or in rapid succession, says a military source. Carrying out multiple, quick tests could help Pyongyang to produce smaller nuclear warheads, as Pakistan did in 1998.

Yonhap News has details on the tunnel North Korea used for a 2009 nuclear test; it refers to an "elaborate design" that kept radioactivity and debris from being released. Meanwhile, the AP reports that Kim Jong Un held a high-level Workers' Party meeting over the weekend, and issued new guidelines for defending North Korea's sovereignty and strengthening its army—which experts believe signals that a test is imminent. Official state media called the meeting "historic" and Kim's guidelines "important." Commanding officers of the navy, air force, and strategic rocket force attended, Yonhap News reports. And a completely random aside: In case you were wondering what kind of phone Kim uses, Focus Taiwan reports that based on a recent picture of the leader, it's an HTC smartphone. (Click to read about the South Korea-US naval drills held today.)

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jfarley
Feb 5, 2013 1:23 PM CST
2002 the US Government announced that it would release $95m to North Korea as part of the Agreed Framework. In releasing the funding, President George ... We are funding them you know No one wins a Nuclear war
Trixielolo77
Feb 4, 2013 10:38 PM CST
Why would a real bad ass tell you they're going to hit you? Why not catch us by surprise and nuke our asses? I say, BRING IT now that we have our finger on the trigger, trembling, just waiting to nuke you for real, no testing! How dare anyone threaten me or my country, FCK YOU NORTH KOREA! I never had a problem with N. Korea but now that you threaten the people of my country, now it's personal and sh*t just got real!!!! I double dog dare you Kimmy Jong Un! (sticking tongue out)
1freeusa
Feb 4, 2013 7:06 PM CST
China should be more concered with N Korea sending a nuke this way than we should be. The fallout would cover most of asia...AND IF IT HAPPENS, WE NEED TO MAKE A QUICK EXAMPLE...not 10 years