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High level activity was indicated in North Koreas nuclear site

High level activity was indicated in North Koreas nuclear siteA U.S.-based North Korean watchdog indicated "high-level activity" at the communist regime's nuclear test site, the 38 North website said Monday.

But it is unclear whether this was for maintenance or preparation for a fifth nuclear test.

Commercial satellite imagery taken on July 7 of the North's Punggye-ri nuclear test site shows what appears to be supplies and/or equipment stacked on the ground at the site's North Portal, where the North conducted its fourth nuclear test in January.

Based on imagery alone, it is not possible to determine whether this activity is for maintenance, excavation or preparation for a fifth nuclear test. Nevertheless, it is clear that North Korea is ensuring that the facility is in a state of readiness that would allow the conduct of future nuclear tests should the order come from Pyongyang, 38 North said.

Concerns have flared anew recently that Pyongyang might undertake additional provocations after the U.S. imposed unprecedented sanctions on North Korean leader Kim Jong-un last week for his role in the country's human rights violations.
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