UN Experts Warn North Korea Tests ‘Nuclear Trigger Devices’

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A report, citing information from unnamed countries, reveals that they are in the final stages of preparations for another nuclear test in June.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is moving away from what state media says is a "new type" intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) (KCNA via REUTERS)
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is moving away from what state media says is a “new type” intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) (KCNA via REUTERS)

UN experts reported North Korea is testing “nuclear trigger devices” and said preparations for another nuclear test were in their final stages in June. Excerpt from information from unidentified countries.

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The expert panel said in new excerpts from its latest report, obtained by the agency on Friday. AP He “They could not determine the test locations and dates” For nuclear trigger device tests reported by a UN member state.

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In excerpts obtained on Thursday, experts say that North Korea’s It paves the way for additional nuclear tests with new preparations at the Northeast test site and continues to improve its ability to manufacture a key component for nuclear weapons.

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In the new quote, the panel said: “In early June, the two member states assessed that preparation for nuclear tests is in the final stages.”

On other issues, the panel said in excerpts Thursday: North Korea carried out two major attacks this year, resulting in the theft of “hundreds of millions of dollars” worth of crypto assets. Pyongyang also said it continues to illegally import oil and export coal in violation of UN sanctions using the same companies, networks and ships.

Intelligence officials from South Korea and the United States said they had detected it. North Korea’s efforts to prepare the northeastern Punggye-ri test range for another nuclear test. Request seventh First from North Korea since 2006 and since September 2017, When he claimed to have detonated a thermonuclear bomb to install on his intercontinental ballistic missiles.

The report submitted by the panel of experts to the UN Security Council includes some details about the work carried out on the site by the country’s official name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

Experts noted that the DPRK began re-excavating the entrance to Tunnel 3 in Punggye-ri in March, “and Rebuilt support buildings that were first dismantled in May 2018″.

South Korean and US intelligence officials said they had detected efforts by North Korea to prepare the northeastern Punggye-ri test range for another nuclear test (KCNA via REUTERS)
South Korean and US intelligence officials said they had detected efforts by North Korea to prepare the northeastern Punggye-ri test range for another nuclear test (KCNA via REUTERS)

Satellite imagery has shown an increasing number of vehicle tracks around this secondary entrance since mid-February 2022. followed by the construction of a new building adjacent to the entrance in early March.” “A pile of wood likely to be used in the construction of the tunnel was also identified.”

“In this period Heaps of earth from the tunnel excavation were seen around the entrance.”

Work at the Punggye-ri nuclear test site paves the way for additional nuclear tests to develop nuclear weapons Experts added that this is a target set at the Eighth Congress of the country’s ruling Workers’ Party of Korea in January 2021.

Robert Floyd, head of the UN nuclear test ban treaty organization, said at a UN press conference on Friday that monitoring facilities had detected six previous nuclear tests of the DPRK. ““I have full confidence that if it happens for the seventh time, our system will detect it, characterize it, and share this information with the world’s governments.” aforementioned.

Floyd attends high-level conference review The historic Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, which began on Monday and ended on August 26. According to the provisions of the NPT, the original five nuclear powers (The United States, China, Russia – later the Soviet Union -, Great Britain and France) decided to negotiate to one day eliminate their arsenals, and countries without nuclear weapons promised not to acquire them. in exchange for a guarantee of being able to develop nuclear energy for peaceful purposes.

Floyd raised the question of whether the possibility of the DPRK’s seventh nuclear test would strengthen nonproliferation and nonproliferation agreements, and expressed “states’ appetite to see these things bear fruit”.

FILE PHOTO: A satellite image shows a closer view of new drilling activity at the Yongbon nuclear complex in North Korea (REUTERS/Maxar Technologies)
FILE PHOTO: A satellite image shows a closer view of new drilling activity at the Yongbon nuclear complex in North Korea (REUTERS/Maxar Technologies)

“I wonder how much that really fuels the tone we heard this week during the review conference where the various positions were pretty much covered,” he said.

“I wonder if states recognize that it is really important at a time like this to strengthen the NPT and come together around some of these very important issues.This is one reason why we abandoned something as important as the cornerstone of nuclear architecture.’ said Floyd.

On another aspect of the DPRK’s nuclear program, analysts said, satellite images from last September showed that. North Korea was expanding a uranium enrichment facility at the main Yongbyon nuclear complex. a sign that he wants to increase the production of the key ingredient for the bomb.

UN experts said in the new report: “KDHC continued to develop its capacity for the production of nuclear fissile materials at the Yongbyon field.”

Nuclear talks between the United States and North Korea have stalled since 2019, amid disagreements over North Korea’s request to lift crippling US sanctions and Washington’s demand for Pyongyang to take major steps toward nuclear disarmament.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un expands ballistic missile program after diplomatic break And analysts say another nuclear test will intensify the North’s threshold, aimed at reinforcing its nuclear power status and negotiating security and economic concessions from a position of strength.

Expert panel said The DPRK continued to accelerate its missile programs and launched 31 missiles “combining ballistic and guidance technologies” including six intercontinental ballistic missiles and two “explicitly described as ballistic weapons”. He said North Korea also claims to have made progress in the development of “tactical nuclear weapons”.

(with information from AP)

Source: Info Bae

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