The United States warns of another nuclear test is soon coming from North Korea, the U.S. says that its military satellites have identified “imminent signs” that that country is readying the Punggye-ri proving grounds. This new development comes even as the Kyoto News Agency in Japan reports on leaked documents from a military source in China containing North Korean collapse contingency plans.
The U.S. says that they have seen tarpaulins strung over to the entrance of a tunnel. This, they say is the same tactic before previous tests. North Korea erects the tarp in order to conceal the nuclear device as it is being transferred into the tunnel.
Officials say that the final step in the process will be the heavy equipment brought in to cover the tunnel entrance up prior to a test or detonation.
North Korea announced in March that they were preparing for a “new type” of nuclear test. The U.S. interprets that to mean that North Korea is going to possibly test a plutonium-based device.
The leaked documents out of the Japanese news agency detailed the setting up of detention camps by the Chinese government along the border with North Korea for North Korean leaders and military while also setting up refugee camps for the general population that would attempt to flow over the border. The separate facilities would disallow chances of leaders and military from directing further military actions as well as protect them from the general North Korean population.
The documents, according to sources, do not mention “North Korea” by name but instead uses terms such as “our country’s north-east neighbor,” or “the country next door with the hereditary system.”
The Chinese Foreign Ministry in Beijing dismissed the reports and called the alleged contingency plans as “Groundless.”