US Website Detects Activity at North Korea Nuclear Test Site

Workers pour concrete at a construction site for nuclear reactors on August 7, 2002, in Kumho, North Korea. (Getty Images)
Workers pour concrete at a construction site for nuclear reactors on August 7, 2002, in Kumho, North Korea. (Getty Images)

WASHINGTON -- A U.S. website that monitors North Korea says satellite imagery shows a high level of activity at the isolated nation's nuclear test site.

The website 38 North said Monday the commercial imagery taken July 7 appears to show supplies or equipment near a tunnel entrance at Punggye-ri (PUNG-gare-ree), where North Korea has conducted four underground nuclear test explosions since 2006. There is also a vehicle at a nearby support building and what may be mine ore carts.

The website says it is unclear whether this activity is for maintenance, excavation or preparation for a fifth nuclear test. It concludes that North Korea is ensuring that the facility is in a state of readiness.

The last test explosion took place in January and drew the toughest international sanctions yet.

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