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North Korea said readying nuclear test

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un
SEOUL, April 8 (UPI) — North Korea appears to be readying a fourth underground nuclear test at the same site where it conducted one eight weeks ago, a South Korean official said.

“We have detected increased activity of labor forces and vehicles at the southern tunnel of the test site in Punggye-ri [nuclear test site], where the regime has worked on maintenance for facilities since its third nuclear test in February,” a high-ranking South Korean government official told the South Korean newspaper JoongAng Ilbo.

“The activities appear to be similar to those before the third test, so we are closely monitoring the site,” the official said.

The third test in seven years Feb. 12 produced a magnitude-5.1 tremor that exhibited a nuclear bomb signature, national and international scientific agencies, including the U.S. Geological Survey, said.

“We were also tipped off that Pyongyang would soon carry out an additional nuclear test,” the official said. “But we are analyzing if it is indeed preparation for an additional test or it is just to pressure Seoul and Washington.”

The tunnels bored into the granite southern side of Mount Mantap, where detonations also took place in 2006 and 2009, are believed to be 7 to 10 feet high and wide and hundreds of yards long, South Korea’s Defense Ministry said in February.

Political prisoners were forced to dig the tunnels, South Korea’s The Chosun Ilbo newspaper reported.

North Korea’s Hwasong concentration camp is located near the mountain.

A high-ranking South Korean Defense Ministry official told the JoongAng Ilbo the North could test the nuclear device at any time.

A military official told the JoongAng Ilbo Pyongyang also appeared to be preparing to launch a medium-range missile with a range of about 2,000 miles.

The reports came hours after Seoul warned that Pyongyang could launch a medium-range missile test around Wednesday, ahead of the anniversary of founding North Korean President Kim Il Sung’s birthday April 15.

The warning came three days after South Korea’s defense minister said the North had moved a missile with a “considerable range” to its east coast.

The missile — which South Korean media said was likely a BM25 Musudan intermediate-range ballistic missile — would possibly be used “for demonstration or for training,” Defense Minister Kim Kwan-jin told Parliament Thursday.

The Musudan’s 2,000-mile range could threaten South Korea, Japan and Southeast Asia, and possibly U.S. forces in Guam, South Korean officials and analysts said. Guam is about 2,200 miles from North Korea.

It is not capable of reaching the mainland United States, officials said.

To avoid escalating tensions, Washington has delayed a Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile test originally scheduled for Tuesday at Vandenberg Air Force Base near Lompoc, Calif., a senior Defense official said.

The test had nothing to do with North Korea, but Washington decided to hold off “given recent tensions,” the official told CNN.

Chinese President Xi Jinping referred indirectly to the crisis Sunday, saying, “No one should be allowed to throw a region and even the whole world into chaos for selfish gains.”

“While pursuing its own interests, a country should accommodate the legitimate interests of others,” he said at a regional business forum in Boao, China, near Qionghai, adding the international community and its collective scrutiny should be a platform for common development rather than an “arena where gladiators fight each other.”

Western diplomats attending the conference said Xi’s intentionally ambiguous wording appeared to be a veiled warning to Pyongyang but could also have been partly directed at Washington, The Financial Times said.

Beijing often accuses Washington of meddling in the region.

China’s Foreign Ministry issued a separate statement repeating it was “seriously concerned” about the “continuously escalating tensions” on the Korean Peninsula.

Switzerland, meanwhile, offered to act as a mediator if that would “contribute to a de-escalation on the Korean Peninsula,” a Swiss Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said in a statement.

Bern was recently in contact with Pyongyang but no talks are planned, she said.

Copyright 2013 United Press International, Inc. (UPI).

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One does not need to use the issue of “guns” to point out the socialist desires of the Democratic rank and file.

Personally, I do not find that background checks are any thing more restrictive than what current laws in certain states already provide. They restrict mentally ill and Felons from owning guns, something I find healthy.

Now then, onto Kim Jong Un. It is said he is trying to create hysteria in order to make face for his countrymen, and give him some sort of bargaining chip.

He and his Generals have to know that both Russia and China, his only two real allies in the world want the rhetoric calmed down. If he wants survival, he has to obey those instructions. Where do you think he gets his supplies from to begin with?

Those who tend to rattle sabers too loudly, usually have nothing to back up that noise.

Has all the credibility of Obama! And as many sheep believers!

@happyguy-do you really think so. North Koreans are not allowed to own guns at all just like the liberals want to do to us here. China and Russia are the same. Why do you libs always avoid the truth? You only want to believe what you have been brainwashed into believing. You already have that kind of person running the country and you voted for him. You sound foolish when you make your denials.

LVS do you not understand plain English? No one wants your guns. we want common sense laws controlling them. I have to say it…you are nuts

@happy guy-I am sorry you feel that way and I am so disappointed that I have not been able to get you to believe the truth. I really do not understand why you left wing liberals have so much denial in you when it comes to understanding. North Korea is SOCIALIST, China is SOCIALIST, Russia is SOCIALIST and you and Obama are SOCIALIST. Do you see the connection now. All of those country’s have banned guns and are now run by SOCIALIST DICTATORS. I don’t know how to tell you any better.

@happy guy-I don’t know how else to put it, background checks are the first step towards gun registration, gun registration is the second step towards confiscation. Confiscation is the first step towards a dictatorship.. That is what I and many other people believe and that makes people who want to take away our freedom the enemy.

these last 2 posts are a stretch. I do feel so sorry for you and the ones that believe what you do. Pres. Obama will be out of office in just under 4 years and we have elected a new Pres. and life will go on. Things are not what you believe.

@happy guy-it may seem like a stretch to you but not to me and to a lot of other people who think like me. I certainly hope you are right about him being out of office, but, I think if he is it will be because of people like me denying him what he wants. I am hoping he will realize that the time is not now and there will be to much resistance to his ideas. The problem I see is I don’t see anyone coming up other than maybe Hilary who I would vote for. The Republicans need to come out of the dark ages to have a chance and I don’t know if they are ready to do that. They keep fighting the same old fights that they have already lost but will not give up on.

Obama is good at changing the facts. Always has and always will. Pretty soon it will be gospel that it was a fully automatic weapon that Lanza used. Just like he never wanted to ban guns, even though he stated that when he was a state senator in Illinois.

This guy is a first class KOOK and is capable of using the bomb on other people he gives new definition to the term socialist, liberal. If the libs have their way we could all be under a tyrant like this. We already have one except he is called president.

LVS if that is truly what you believe then you are “off your rocker” so to speak. How can you possibly think that Pres. Obama is anything like Kim Jong Un or that any democrat would want that kind of person running our country. You sound so foolish when you make comments like that.

You need to pay attention more about what’s going on. LVS is right!

Obama does have a better hair cut other than that………….

Amen brother. Obama is a bird of the same feather. Happy guy is a bird too, the kind that has his head in the sand and his ass in the air.

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