North Korea may prepare its fourth nuclear test, as the country is trying to force the United States into diplomatic talks, said a source with direct knowledge of the matter.
North Korea is “showing activity” near two of the tunnels at the Punggye-ri nuclear test site in the northeastern part of the country. Vehicles were seen carrying soil and sand that were needed to fill the tunnels with for setting off a new underground explosion.
The vehicles carried the soil and sand near tunnels No. 2 and 3 at the test site, while the third nuclear test, that was undertaken last Tuesday, is believed to have been conducted at the No. 2 tunnel, Kyodo news agency reports.
The fourth nuclear test could also be accompanied by another rocket launch, said a source who is closely connected to the highest levels of government in Pyongyang, the capital of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.
“It is all ready. A fourth nuclear test and a rocket launch could be conducted soon, possibly this year,” the source said, adding that the fourth nuclear test would be much larger than the third, at an equivalent of 10 kilotons of TNT, according to the international press.
The test will be conducted unless the United States will abandon a policy that North Korea sees as an attempt at regime change.