North Korean monitoring service said on Wednesday that nuclear area in Pung-Ri in the country "prepared and ready" by the sixth nuclear test.
"Activity over the past 6 weeks suggests the final preparation for the test," said 38-year-old analyst Joseph Bermudez in an interview with CNN. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Thursday that North Korea may have the ability to put missiles equipped with sarin nerve. He and other analysts analyze commercial satellite images, looking for signs of activity similar to those that were in front of the other tests.
Bermudez and his colleague Jack Liu correctly predicted the last nuclear test in September 2016. Since the end of February they warned about increased activity at the site, in particular, about the arrival of new equipment activity in the command center.
"We are watching to see what changes occur from picture to picture," he said. "We take the current snapshot and look around for a few months and compare it with what happened then." After a surge in recent months, the recent satellite images indicate that excavation and pumping of water seems to be stopped, said Liu, and Bermudez, indicating that the test may be inevitable.
North Korea has conducted a total of 5 nuclear tests, 3 of them under the current leader Kim Jong Yne, which greatly increased program of the country. "North Korea believes that the only way to keep US from attacking them and keep the power of the Kim regime is the possession of nuclear weapons," said Bermudez.
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