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No imminent nuclear, missile tests in North Korea: US think-tank

Published on Mar 21, 2014 1:26 PM

SEOUL (AFP) - Recent satellite images of North Korea's nuclear and rocket test sites do not point to any imminent tests, a United States think-tank said on Friday, despite last week's threat by the communist state to flex its nuclear muscle.

The images indicate that excavation continues on a new tunnel at the remote Punggye-ri test site in the northeast, but there is little or no activity at other key parts of the facility, said the closely followed 38 North website of the Johns Hopkins University's US-Korea Institute.

"In short, there are no indicators that a new test will be conducted in the next few months," the website said.

North Korea last week threatened to demonstrate its nuclear deterrence in a move that analysts say could indicate the regime is preparing to carry out a fourth atomic test amid long-stalled disarmament talks.

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