North Korea Said To Be Preparing Nuclear Device Detonation; Test Site Is "Primed And Ready"

Tyler Durden's picture

In a striking development involving the rapidly changing North Korean geopolitical situation, moments ago Voice of America reporter Steve Herman stated that according to US government and other sources, North Korea has "apparently placed a nuclear device in a tunnel and it could be detonated Saturday AM Korea time."

He then quotes an NSA official who had no comment at this time, but said "we will be watching closely."

Herman notes that this could be North Korea's 6th nuclear test, following previous tests in 2006, 2009, 2013 and twice in 2016.

The VOA reporter also tweeted a 3-D model of North Korea's nuclear test site with estimated locations of past explosions and notional tunnels.

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Meanwhile, satellite images courtesy of North 38 reveals that North Korea's Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site appears "primed and ready."

The website goes on to note that according to commercial satellite imagery of North Korea’s Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site from April 12 shows continued activity around the North Portal, new activity in the Main Administrative Area, and a few personnel around the site’s Command Center.

At the North Portal, what appears to be a small vehicle or trailer is located immediately outside the entrance; the water flow out of the portal has diminished in the past 10 days; and what may be a small trailer is visible on the road south of the portal. The netting—suspended over probable equipment—south of the portal’s support building remains in place, and there has been no significant dumping of additional material on the portal’s spoil pile.

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Figure 1. Vehicles or trailers are parked around the North Portal.

In the courtyards of the Main Administrative Area, are approximately 11 probable tarp-covered pallets of equipment or supplies, a formation of personnel, and several individuals walking about. No activity of significance is seen at the West or South Portals or elsewhere in the facility.

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Figure 2. Probable tarp-covered pallets and personnel are seen in the Main Administrative Area.

A few personnel are seen moving around the Command Center Area, guard barracks and security checkpoint.

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Figure 3. Small groups of people are seen in the support area of the Command Center.

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Figure 4. Individuals are seen walking near the guard barracks and security checkpoint.

The increased movement comes as tensions with the US threaten to spill over with a US Navy strike group heading towards the Korean peninsula.

As reported this afternoon, journalists visiting North Korea have have been told to prepare for a "big and important event" on Thursday as Pyongyang marks the 105th birth anniversary of its founding president Kim Il Sung on April 15, North Korea's biggest national day called "Day of the Sun”.

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Giant Meteor's picture

Geez Louise already !

NidStyles's picture

Everyone else has them, but Koreans are not allowed to...

Yukon Cornholius's picture

Eat enough kim chee and you'll certainly have a bomb in the tunnel.

NoDecaf's picture

Breaking news - Trump taking new bids on a toll free super highway to Mexico.

Jim Sampson's picture

Goodbye $11 NUGT...  hello $1000 NUGT

UnpatrioticHoarder's picture

i take it this tunnel is in North Korea, not the USA? False flag coming up?

Giant Meteor's picture

Well possibly under South Korea, although "they" say, (whomever they is) THAT tunnel is mostly a tourist attraction anymore ..

 

Haus-Targaryen's picture

I don't think anything happens.  

 

johngaltfla's picture

Problem: Nork Dork plans to detonate nuclear device in a tunnel on Saturday.

Solution: US needs to test our Trident systems in a live fire situation, hence one missile, 14 MIRVs over North Korea.

Problem solved.

Lea's picture

USA attacks North Korea, WW3 ensues.

Capice?

 

johngaltfla's picture

LOLOLOL, only if China says so. Quit smoking the Bushopium.

HillaryOdor's picture

"Goodbye $11 NUGT...  hello $1000 NUGT"

Why do people buy this crap?  You have to time the market perfectly.  I'll take EPGFX or USAGX over this etf garbage.  It's not like gold is going to go way down in the long run.  Your etf definitely will though.

soyungato's picture

NUGT is so heavily manipulated you are guarrenteed to lose money. Gold goes up NUGT goes up... Gold goes up more, NUGT goes the other way, trapping everyone. The house win again. Again and again, the same thing happened. $1000 is on it s way, why, they are reverse spliting this month 4:1 so they can push it down again big time.

Want to make money ? Set up an ETN like NUGT then manipulate the price 5 different ways and you collect money like you wont believe.

Déjà view's picture

NK does not have to be bombed into Stone Age..already lights out!.

https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=83182

Manthong's picture

If Pot Belly Jr. lights a fart, it might not be contained within the test range.

Battlefield USA's picture

Idiots think this is the first time China has mobilized its troops on the NK border. They think this is the first time China and N. Korea have had military skirmishes. They think this is the first time that China has slapped NK’s wrist. And they actually think Trump’s lame missile strike on a Syrian Air Base caused China’s Xi to crap his pants.

Xi: Comrades… the Americans are swinging their dicks again. But this one has a penis pump. You know the drill. Troops on the border. Loud noises to North Korea. Turn everything on and let them play in our back-yard, and let’s see how they play swing-the-dick. Considering our expansion in the S. China Sea, we may be able to gather some invaluable intel. And let’s all hope his penis pump doesn’t pop his ego.

Here is the worst case scenario. NK has 13,000 artillery pieces. Approx. 60-70 percent are just North of the DMZ. According to our own DoD, NK is capable of firing 500,000 shells into SK in one hour. Do the math. It is estimated, by the DoD, that it would take them 5 or more days to eliminate those artillery pieces, which are dug deep in the hillsides and mountains. Do the math. This does not include NK’s conventional missiles and rockets. Do the math. NK also has 200,000 Special Forces troops whose sole purpose is to infiltrate SK and sabotage various critical infrastructure. Do the math.

NK is not stupid, despite what you are fed. Crazy? Like a Fox. They are not going to just let loose nukes, knowing that it will be the end of them. IF… IF… the above scenario played out, if America invades NK, China IS NOT going to accept America’s use of nukes to put an end to it, in their back-yard. Do the math.

Meanwhile...

The good news is, congress only worked 8 days this month. And Trump has betrayed those insiders closest to him. His ratings were the lowest for any president within 2 months of taking office, and have now lifted (you know, or should know, how that goes). ObamaCare repeal, tax plan, and national infrastructure rebuilding are off the table. Debt ceiling fast approaching. Is war the cover-up? Will China and Russia sucker us into North Korea, like State Dept. April Glaspie did to Saddam? Stay tuned to… as America turns… or burns.

NumberNone's picture

Crazy like a fox and led by a man that uses artillery to kill his uncle and people that fall asleep in speeches.  I quickly see the words 'Et tu brute' coming out of his mouth the moment the people around him realize that he has put them and everyone they know and love at risk.  

Bernie Madolf's picture

Congress worked 8 days?! We should all send them on a paid vacation for their hard work

Lore's picture

Apparently, somebody gave the order to initiate another hype-fest.

"You know you're being played when..."

It's pretty formulaic to most by this time, though some of the channels seem new. Brace for next False Flag in 5...4...3...

As the international banking complex falls, this kind of thing will get spun more frequently and desperately.

I'm more interested in the French election.  Will the psychopaths succeed in making sure that France gets sucked down the EU drain?

Oh, wait...

king leon's picture

I agree, the word "FANATICAL"  was invented by North Korean's, the Japanese Kamikaze have nothing on these crazy fuckers The US can carpet bomb all they like but if the US is crazy enough to try a land invasion with boots on the ground then the N/Ks will come out of their little holes like fucking rats by the millions. the battlefield will look like a butcher's shop. The US seals will be carved up within minutes of hitting the beach.

NDXTrader's picture

WW3 with whom? N Korea is completely isolated and has no missile system that has even proven it can hit S Korea. They may kill 500,000 in Seoul, but then be wiped off the Earth

beemasters's picture

You gotta hand it to the politicians in DC and the Deep State. They really know how to get any dog backed into a corner and deceive the people they are doing the noble thing. It's the dog's fault for having teeth.

Omen IV's picture

ALL action creates reaction and in turn another action

 

MacArthur had nothing to do sitting in Japan - so he conspires with Sigmund Rhee PM of SK - to conduct raids into NK - soon they retaliated and MacArthur's False Flag was set for the reaction - so he starts Korean War and millions died including Americans who didnt belong there - he goes all the way to the Manchurian Border since he was angling for reintroduction of KiaCheck sitting in Taiwan to retake China

at the border he encounters 500,000 Chinese - and they chase his crew back to 38th parallel - and he sues for peace

americans have been at 38th since - so the NK Nuclear Arsenel was a response to US led invasion - to prevent another future invasion - this is standard US practice you can see over and over again around the world

 

which is why Russia has been so careful in Eastern Ukraine

 

shamus001's picture

Look at all those vote-ups you got from spouting complete BS.  the NK Nuclear Arsenal was produced from Centrifuges given to them in the 90's from the Democratic Party/President.

I admittedly don't know much about MacArthur's strategy, but I think it's safe to say - since you completely made up the arsenal out of your arse, that which you claim above is just as likely fictional.

serotonindumptruck's picture

China will not allow a US military presence on their border.

Apparently, geopolitics is not your strong suit.

SmittyinLA's picture

But CAT dealers are cool, right?

serotonindumptruck's picture

WTF are you talking about?

Rachel Corrie?

Umh's picture

Afganistan is technically on their border. Yeah, I know it is just a sliver.

serotonindumptruck's picture

The USSA needs to establish a major military airbase in the Hindu Kush.

Tapeworm's picture

Thanks for the laugh.

 I wish that fat feck dictator would nuke DC. If he did I'd build an halfassed float to celebrate hizzoner for the 2017 Independence Day parade.

 S. Korea has a far larger population and their economy utterly dwarfs that of the bowl haircut fatso's hell on earth. Why can they not take care of their own defense?

 Hey, but at least Trump has some "New Found Respect" in the imperial capitol.

logicalman's picture

Long way from US border, well, the official one at least.

Borders seem to be for those without the ability to fight back.

 

Bigern's picture

Through that sliver many things came through. Supplies, arms, people.

trulz4lulz's picture

Ding! Correct. North Korea stand between China and Americas staging grounds for war with...China.

Luc X. Ifer's picture

this is viable in my books, china and us know their confrontation is inevitable and probably they agreed to start it on a teritory as proxy to avoid direct conflict which would rapidly escalate to nuclear. NK and SK most likely will take the hit from the giants collision, and the one who will win will make the rules for the geopolitical area of interest. 

JRobby's picture

"Fat Boy Go Boom"

"Yes that's a charming story now isn't it children. The next book is going to be read to you by the 43rd President of The United States, George W Bush"

Battlefield USA's picture

NDXTrader says: N Korea is completely isolated and has no missile system that has even proven it can hit S Korea.

 

FFS! That is because you mistake "BALLISTIC MISSILES" with MISSILES as in LONG RANGE ROCKETS (for the simpletons).

Semi-employed White Guy's picture

I would mess with S. Kore. They have a massive amount of ordinance, in the form of returned Note 7s.

serotonindumptruck's picture

Don't understand the downvotes.

What you say is the absolute truth.

Giant Meteor's picture

Game theory ..

It's all good, till you're punched in the face ..

Hat tip to what's his name , 

Mr. Universe's picture

The key here is trying to think two or three moves ahead.

JRobby's picture

This place is overrun by Trolls

Think: "gooks in the wire"

Bigern's picture

No joke. I used to hang around here for awhile a couple years ago. Completely different now. When did the transfusion happen?

Zorba's idea's picture

Good observation...fight club moved to a bigger arena with apparently sponsors who want to ((fix)) the outcome of the fights

Miffed Microbiologist's picture

No this is Geocaching, Nuclear Edition. Kinda like Finding Waldo but more exciting!

Miffed

nightwish's picture

Japan and other asian areas will get nuked, but the J neocons dont give a fuck.

Most alarming is the public's ignorance about radiation.

3 or 4 warheads set off in asia will destroy the world economy and radioactive fallout will coat the entire planet. We all will die soon, from radiation sickness, lack of food, resources etc

Trump is the biggest betrayer in recent history. Trump being the better alternative than hillary is now questionable, guess they both deserve a hanging.

 

king leon's picture

Trump had to be a better risk than Hillary because we are still hear, NOW

More_sellers_than_buyers's picture

Are you slow? 3 or four warheads? just how many warheads do you think we set off and tested in the pacific over the last 80 years?  Open a book before you open your mouth next time