Is N. Korea on brink of third nuke test: Report

Last Updated: Sat, Dec 29, 2012 09:10 hrs

A British daily has reported that North Korea is capable of conducting its third nuclear test after repairing flood-related damage at a nuclear test facility.

The paper based its assessment on an analysis of recent satellite photos of the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Facility.

The revelation by the Daily Mail follows the secretive state's December 12 rocket launch that proved it has the technology to fire a warhead more than 6,200 miles.

Washington and its allies fear a third atomic test would take North Korea one step closer to perfecting the technology required to make a nuclear warhead small enough to attach to one of its missiles and fire at mainland America.

This satellite image taken on December 2 shows the traffic flow pattern at the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Facility in North Korea.

A report on the GeoEye and Digital Globe satellite photos from Dec. 13 and earlier, provided by 38 North, the website for the U.S.-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, said scientists are 'determined to maintain a state of readiness" at the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Facility after repairing flood damage. (ANI)

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