Images suggest North Korea ready for nuke test

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WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. research institute says recent satellite photos show North Korea could be almost ready to carry out its threat to conduct a nuclear test.

The images of the Punggye-ri site, where nuclear tests were conducted in 2006 and 2009, reveal that over the past month, roads have been kept clear of snow and possible steps taken to seal the tunnel into a mountainside where a nuclear device would be detonated.

But it remains difficult to discern North Korea’s true intentions, as a test would be conducted underground.

The analysis was provided to The Associated Press Friday by 38 North, the website of the U.S.-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. The latest image was taken Wednesday.

Pyongyang declared its plans Thursday.

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