North Korea's Punggye-ri nuclear test site showing 'significant tunneling' activity

North Korea's Punggye-ri nuclear test site showing 'significant tunneling' activity

According to website, the test site's North Portal, where North Korea's last five nuclear tests were conducted, has remained dormant but tunnel excavation has been increased at its West Portal.

On 28 December, satellite images also spotted around 100 to 120 personnel at the site's Southern Support Area in seven different mysterious formations.

Elsewhere at the site there was unusual activity with some 100-120 personnel lined up in formation in the courtyard, their goal unknown.

"Approximately nine mining carts are present at the West Portal, and there appear to be new rails on top of the spoil pile", 38North experts said in a report.

Tensions between the US and North Korea have steadily escalated since US President Donald Trump took office.

North Korean soldiers have allegedly been sleeping with their boots on in fear of a potential war breaking out at any moment. However, Pyongyang is extremely serious about this scenario and is not bluffing when it says that "only one question remains: when will war break out?" he wrote.

Trump said on Twitter on Thursday that talks between North and South Korea were "a good thing", but the USA ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley added that the U.S.

"The bomber deployment is part of an ongoing planned deployment that affects not only the Korean Peninsula, but also a broader alliance structure in the Pacific", said Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie Jr. about the decision to deploy the bombers to Guam.

North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un visits the Mangyongdae Revolutionary Academy on its 70th anniversary, in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang October 13, 2017. "I hope that doesn't happen", Haley said.

Despite all the bluster, North Korea started dialogue with South Korea, and said it now will be sending a team and a high-level delegation to the Winter Olympics.

The North Korean leader claimed that he has a button on his desk to order a nuclear strike against the USA, but for Kim to field a reliable nuclear deterrent against the US and its allies, additional weapons testing will be undoubtedly be required.

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