As the world continues to deal with the fallout from the Russian invasion of Ukraine, and the possible global consequences of an escalated, World War-level scenario, North Korea has reportedly quietly made a number of moves that should be just as concerning.
According to Fox News, a number of new images have been released that reportedly show increased activity at a North Korean nuclear testing facility that analysts previously thought had been destroyed.
The new images also come in the wake of the rogue nation conducting a number of missile tests, which have been all but ignored by most of the mainstream media as nearly all of the attention is currently on Ukraine.
Analysts say photos show new buildings and other signs of work at North Korea’s nuclear testing facility in what they call a sign that the country could be planning to resume testing atomic bombs after having claimed to have destroyed the site in 2018. https://t.co/3BfJQg4gp5
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Luckily, there are a number of agencies and organizations closely monitoring North Korea’s suspicious activities, including Jeffrey Lewis of the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies at Middlebury Institute of International Studies.
“We have been monitoring the Punggye-ri nuclear test site closely for signs that North Korea was beginning to repair the site,” Lewis told NBC News.
Lewis added: “In the image, we see very early signs of activity at the new site, including construction of a new building, repair of another building and what is possibly some lumber and sawdust.”
“North Korea uses a substantial amount of wood at the site both for buildings and shoring up tunnels. These changes occurred only in the past few days,” he continued.
Maxar, a U.S.-based satellite imaging firm, provided the images that revealed the increased activities at the nuclear testing site. It’s reportedly the first movement seen at the base since 2018.
DoD responds, sort of
Reporters pressed the Department of Defense for a statement on the latest discoveries, only to be provided a bland answer, citing national security concerns.
“We have been very clear on the threat posed by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) missile programs, and our commitment to the defense of the ROK, Japan, and the U.S. homeland, and our commitment to uphold regional peace and stability,” a DoD spokesperson said.
It added that it can’t elaborate on “matters of intelligence or commercial imagery analysis.”