North Korea Rebuilds Nuclear Testing Site After 2018 Collapse

March 11, 2022   |   Tags:
North Korea Rebuilds Nuclear Testing Site After 2018 Collapse

Following the flurry of recent North Korean nuclear missile tests (the rogue state has launched at least 9 ICBMs so far this year), South Korea has reportedly detected signs that its neighbor to the north is rebuilding some of the nuclear test-site tunnels that collapsed back in 2018 (killing an undisclosed number of North Korean workers), as North Korea is believed to be paving the way for more ICBM tests, according to Reuters.

North Korea symbolically destroyed the test site at Punggye-ri back in 2018. It destroyed the tunnels after a collapse late in the prior year likely rendered them unusable. The decision to blow up the tunnel was seen as part of a diplomatic rapproachment with the south.

The confirmation from South Korea comes just days after private satellites picked up evidence of activity at the site, according to the BBC.

Source: BBC

But now that NK is rebuilding tunnels at the nuclear test site, it's raising questions about whether the regime of Kim Jong Un plans to start testing the weapons again.

North Korea hasn't tested a nuclear weapon, or its longest range intercontinental ballistic missiles, since 2017.  But it has said it could resume such testing now that denuclearization talks with the US have stalled. North Korea also appears to have blown up tunnels at its only nuclear test site in a move to reduce regional tensions.

The report came after the National Security Council said on Sunday it was paying particularly close attention to Punggye-ri and the main nuclear reactor site at Yongbyon.

"Activity to restore part of the tunnels at North Korea's Punggye-ri nuclear test site that were destroyed on May 24, 2018 has been detected," South Korea's military said in a statement.

It didn't elaborate any further on the type of activity detected.

International monitors have also said that North Korea's nuclear reactor facility at Yongbyon appear to be in full swing.

Tyler Durden Fri, 03/11/2022 - 21:20