US Military Observes North Korean Missile Launchers Being Prepared

On the heels of the release of satellite imagery showing notable instability around the site of North Korea's nuclear bomb testing facility, NBC reports that three US military officials have observed North korea moving mobile missile launchers and preapreing hard sites in the last 48 hours.

This comes just hours after exposes details new commercial satellite imagery confirms earlier 38 North analysis identifying numerous landslides throughout the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site on the slopes of Mt. Mantap (and beyond) resulting from North Korea’s sixth nuclear test. These disturbances are more numerous and widespread than seen after any of the North’s previous five tests, and include additional slippage in pre-existing landslide scars and a possible subsidence crater. However, it is unclear from the imagery whether this subsidence is due to what has been reported as “a cave-in that was externally observable,” associated with the 4.6 magnitude event that occurred eight minutes after the test.

There also appears to be increased water drainage in the North Portal Area, likely stimulated by the large underground nuclear test. Such underground water flow stimulation (brought about by expansion of existing cracks and fissures) could also be expected to promote the transport of radionuclides to the surface, and is not inconsistent with a more recent reportthat some radionuclides (traces of Xenon-133) were detected in the environment following the test (by South Korea).

An apparent rectangular subsidence “crater” appears in the stratified volcanics at the basalt escarpment lip on the western corner of Mt. Mantap. This “crater” is likely what has been reported as a possible “collapse chimney crater,” but could also just be induced slippage prompted by the massive tremor.  We may know more once synthetic aperture radar (SAR) imagery becomes available to potentially plot the epicenter of all of the surface disturbances.

Imagery from September 8 also shows a large tractor/trailer cargo truck in the South Portal Area for the first time, and mining carts and other equipment are present outside the West Portal. Such activity, coming shortly after the largest underground nuclear test conducted at Punggye-ri to date (via the North Portal), suggests that onsite work could now be changing focus to further prepare those other portals for future underground nuclear testing.

For the first time in over a year, activity was noted within the South Portal Area. A large tractor/trailer cargo truck was located in the area between the primary and secondary tunnel portals. The purpose of the vehicle is as yet unknown. It remains to be seen, however, whether or not the North Portal will ever be used for another nuclear test. There are still two unused additional tunnel complexes (served by the South and West Portals) that are also deemed potentially capable of conducting nuclear tests, albeit for tests having lower yields than that of the sixth test.

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As North38 concludes, we also see no reason to alter our previous assessment that regardless of whether this most recent test was an operational warhead for an ICBM or simply a device, the yield of the test clearly shows North Korean progress in increasing the yields of their nuclear weapons.

The significance of this is that it has the potential to dramatically increase the threat posed by its Strategic Force (responsible for ballistic missiles) as individual nuclear warheads potentially now have 10-times (or more) greater destructive power. This would allow fewer missiles to be employed to ensure destruction of a given target, and increase the target areas threatened by North Korean ICBMs by allowing a larger number of targets to be engaged with the current missile inventory. If the claim that the device just tested has a variable yield is true (from tens to hundreds of kilotons), then this may also imply the North Koreans intend to adopt an expanded policy of using nuclear weapons, including tactical use, in addition to deterring threats to existence of the state. By doing so, they would join countries such as the United States, Russia, China, Pakistan, etc. that have policies regarding the use of tactical nuclear weapons, clearly further destabilizing the Korean peninsula situation.


knukles Wed, 09/13/2017 - 16:58 Permalink

In a recent survey carried out for the leading toiletries firm 'Brut', people from Chicago have proved to be the most likely to have had sex in the shower. In the survey, 86% of Chicago’s inner city residents (almost all of whom are registered Democrats) say that they have enjoyed sex in the shower.The other 14% said they hadn't been to prison yet.

Swampster (not verified) TahoeBilly2012 Wed, 09/13/2017 - 17:14 Permalink


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Umh gilhgvc Wed, 09/13/2017 - 18:36 Permalink

Porn has ruined a good joke. Once upon a time a young man had to find something he had never seen in the dark while worrying that a cop would knock on his window. The Internet has fixed the never seen part. Working mothers have fixed the in the dark part.

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earleflorida stant Wed, 09/13/2017 - 17:52 Permalink

g.w. bush drops 'anti ballistic missile treaty' (abm signed 1972), like a stone!911! but 2002/03 (Evil Triangle) was the year before WWIII could have been[?]for what? basically what Bush #43 and his 'TRIO'[wolfowitz, rove, and perle] the zion & christian fundalmentalist of ideology and spiritual absolutism?, were implementing (The Vucan's`:  Rice, *CHENEY[Master Bldg], Rumsfeld, Powell, *KARL rove, Wolfowitz, and Perle) was greater Israel at the expense of borderline states as in Syria, Iraq, and lastly Iran,... but certainly another re`run at Hezbollah's Lebanaon where the Muslim's and Christian's won't be fooled again with a covert civil war sponsored by Zionist Sharon!bush eliminates china intervention with dec. 11, 2001 WTO membership and favoured trading status credentials.thus telling russia your on your fucking own in 2001 ...--- 16 years ago when russia was still mending its wounds!!!Ps. as a sidenote--- the 'decider' tells china to not worry about NK 'axis of evil' status,...--- but as a reminder to reign in your suurogate childs behavior if that. Ps2. libya was always on the,' next to do list', as zionist israel had to wait patiently for ussa to turn on the greater israel prize!!!! 

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Mustafa Kemal knukles Wed, 09/13/2017 - 20:08 Permalink

knukles, I thought everyone has had sex in a shower.Your comment reminded me of a police officer giving my group W class at driving college a lecture about the dangers of having sex while driving. He said you would not believe how often that occured.We all looked around at each other,  and it was pretty clear that the class believed what he was saying.

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undercover brother Wed, 09/13/2017 - 17:02 Permalink

If the North Koreans are moving these things around in broad daylight, they must really be dumber than they look.   Judging from this image, which was more than likely intentionally leaked to the media, the US knows exactly where each and every one of the North's missles are.  Can you imagine the amount of information and data that wasn't leaked.  Unless these are decoys, the US military already has an absolute solution for every single hidden weapon system, and now the North knows it too.   

Dickweed Wang Wed, 09/13/2017 - 17:04 Permalink

North Korea observed moving mobile missile launchers & preparing hard sites in last 48 hours, per 3 U.S. senior military officialsNBC Politics Well that's a really trustworthy group so it has to be true, right??

cougar_w Wed, 09/13/2017 - 17:04 Permalink

The Norks are doing something scary again! We think! At least that is what the MiC are telling us so it must be true!!1! Story at eleven.