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Satellite images of North Korea’s nuclear test site fuel speculation as Donald Trump issues fresh warning

April 14, 20177:31am

US President Donald Trump has talked up the US’s military might in an interview on Fox News Business. Picture: AFP/Brendan Smialowski

Debra Killalea and wires

US PRESIDENT Donald Trump says North Korea is a “problem that will be taken care of’ as speculation mounts that Pyongyang may be preparing another nuclear or missile test.

“North Korea is a problem, the problem will be taken care of,” Trump said this morning, amid reports of activity at a North Korean nuclear test site ahead of Saturday’s 105th anniversary of the birth of the country’s founder Kim Il-Sung.

Trump has repeatedly said he will prevent Pyongyang from developing a nuclear-tipped missile capable of reaching the United States.

The US recently deployed a naval strike group to the region as a show of strength.

Earlier Thursday, the US military dropped the largest non-nuclear bomb ever deployed in combat at targets in Afghanistan.

Trump played down suggestions that it was also intended as a warning to Pyongyang.

“I don’t know if this sends a message to North Korea. It doesn’t make any difference if it does or not,” he said.

Satellite images of a suspected nuclear test site have emerged from the hermit state as unconfirmed reports yesterday suggested a nuclear device hd been placed in a tunnel could indicate a nuclear test is imminent.

A satellite image taken by French space agency Centre national d'etudes spatiales shows North Korea's Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site, with vehicles or trailers parked around the North Portal. Picture: AFPSource:AFP

BREAKING: US govt sources say DPRK has apparently placed a nuclear device in a tunnel & it could be detonated Saturday AM Korea time- @W7VOA
— Conflict News (@Conflicts) April 12, 2017

Fuelling speculation, foreign journalists visiting North Korea were put on buses and warned to prepare for a “big and important event”, though it turned out to be the opening of a new skyscraper by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

Around 200 foreign journalists are in Pyongyang as the country marks the 105th birthday anniversary of its founding president Kim Il-sung on Saturday, North Korea’s biggest national day called “Day of the Sun”.

The day is not only a day of celebration in the DPRK, but also a chance to show the country’s military might, often with huge displays of firepower.

Reports of a renewed nuclear threats come as tensions escalate across the region with North Korea and the US locked in a bitter war of words.

US President Donald Trump has doubled down on his North Korea threat, calling the country a “menace” and talking up the US’s military might, as the Chinese call for calm.

Small groups of people have been seen in the support area of the test site Command Centre. Picture: AFP - Source:AFP

Australia could be drawn into hostilities with North Korea, with Mr Trump announcing via Twitter if China was unable to deal with the rogue nation “the US, with its allies, will”.

Mr Trump has publicly ramped up pressure on China to use its influence to curtail North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s nuclear and missile program. North Korea has responded by threatening nuclear strikes on the US. Mr Trump’s latest tweets also come as the USS Carl Vinson Nimitz-class aircraft carrier-led strike group of warships heads to the Korean Peninsula and two days before US Vice President Mike Pence sets off on a tour of Australia, South Korea, Japan and Indonesia where North Korea will be on the agenda. “I have great confidence that China will properly deal with North Korea,” Mr Trump tweeted on Thursday.



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