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Images of the Punggye-ri site captured on April 25 appear to show workers pumping out water at a tunnel believed to have been prepared for an upcoming nuclear test, monitoring group 38 North said.
It also noted that a number of personnel were seen throughout the facility.
38 North said the latest images were “unusual and almost assuredly a component of an overall North Korean deception and propaganda effort” and the result of media reporting on earlier images showing renewed activity at the site, which consists of a complex of tunnels and testing infrastructure in the mountains in the northeast of the country.
38 North said last month that Punggye-ri was “primed and ready” to conduct a test, amid mounting speculation that Pyongyang would act to coincide with major anniversaries including the birthday of regime founder Kim Il-sung.
Japan to rebuild Military
The Japan Self-Defense Forces (自衛隊 Jieitai?), or JSDF, occasionally referred to as JSF, JDF, or SDF, are the unified military forces of Japan that were established in 1954, and are controlled by the Ministry of Defense. In recent years they have been engaged in international peacekeeping operations including UN peacekeeping. Recent tensions with North Korea are set to change that as Japan begins the rebuilding of armed forces, this will change the landscape of Asian politics.
Japan’s pacifist constitution turns 70 on May, 3. Days before the anniversary Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said the country’s leading law needs a change.
The proposed revisions would see an end to the limits on taking part in international conflicts and using troops only for self-defense.
There was a significant move in 2014 when the PM wanted to allow the military to use force in cooperation with other countries. Two years ago, the parliament approved troops fighting outside of Japan.
A fresh war of words has begun between North Korea and China.
Beijing should be grateful to Pyongyang for its protection, said a bylined commentary carried by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), warning of “grave consequences” if China tests its patience further.
China’s Global Times newspaper retorted that the nuclear-armed North was in the grip of “some form of irrational logic” over its weapons programs.
Beijing and Pyongyang have a relationship forged in the blood during the Korean War, and the Asian giant remains its wayward neighbour’s main provider of aid and trade.
The KCNA commentary denounced the People’s Daily, the official mouthpiece of the Chinese Communist party, and the Global Times, which sometimes reflects the thinking of the leadership, as having “raised lame excuses for the base acts of dancing to the tune of the US”.