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Experts reject Japanese claim about North Korea preparing for a new nuclear weapons test

Experts push back at Japanese claim on North Korean nuclear work, American monitoring website contends satellite imagery does not support foreign minister, Nikkei Asian Review, 

TOKYO — The recent assertion by Japan’s top diplomat that North Korea is preparing for a new nuclear weapons test has drawn a rebuttal from a U.S.-based monitoring website maintaining that such activity is not confirmed by satellite imagery.

Pyongyang appears to be “working hard to get ready for the next nuclear test,” Foreign Minister Taro Kono said at a Saturday lecture in the western Japanese city of Kochi. He cited the removal of soil from a tunnel at the site.

But Johns Hopkins University’s 38 North blog, which monitors the reclusive state, said in an analysis dated Monday that “commercial satellite imagery from March 23 shows quite a different picture: namely, that activity at the test site has been significantly reduced compared to previous months.”

 “Tunneling at the West Portal, a site not associated with any of North Korea’s previous tests, had been active earlier this year but has slowed down significantly as has other personnel and vehicular movement around the site,” the post continued……..https://asia.nikkei.com/Politics/International-Relations/Experts-push-back-at-Japanese-claim-on-North-Korean-nuclear-work
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April 6, 2018 - Posted by | general

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