North Korea To Launch Fourth Nuke Test: Report

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North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un inspects the troops on May 6.

North Korea is set to launch its fourth nuclear weapons test, according to published reports.

The “imminent signs” picked up by a U.S. satellite last week include images of a tarped-over tunnel entrance at a nuclear site in Punggye-ri in North Korea’s North Hamgyong province.

Quoting an anonymous Pentagon official, the Global Times, a tabloid published under the auspices of the Communist Party mouthpiece People’s Daily, the tarp is believed to be hiding the nuclear bomb. A similar method was used for North Korea’s third nuclear test last February, the paper notes, adding that the final stage before a nuclear test would be to fill up the tunnel entrance with earth-moving equipment.

Pyongyang indicated last March that it would be carrying out a “new type” of nuclear test, which is believed to be a plutonium-based device. North Korean state media added that the country’s nuclear program is a “treasured sword” against US hostility.

South Korean Defense Minister Kim Kwan-jin (from 2012)

South Korean Defense Minister Kim Kwan-jin (from 2012)

South Korean defense minister Kim Kwan-jin confirmed on Thursday that the North was preparing for a fourth nuclear test, but acknowledged that “North Korea is very good at psychological manipulations … Thus, we cannot rule out the possibility that the North could intentionally delay (the nuclear test) or employ a deceptive tactic simultaneously.”

News of the “imminent” nuke test came on the same day the Washington Post published the partial translation of a “racist screed” from North Korea’s state-run news agency about U.S. President Barack Obama.

The diatribe, originally published in North Korea on May 2 but never translated into English, calls the American president a “clown,” “dirty fellow,” and somebody who “does not even have the basic appearances of a human being.”

The article goes on to say President Obama is “a crossbreed with unclear blood,” and “still has the figure of monkey while the human race has evolved through millions of years.”

“It would be perfect for Obama to live with a group of monkeys in the world’s largest African natural zoo and lick the bread crumbs thrown by spectators,” the North Korean article states.

The piece would have gone unnoticed had it not been for blogger Josh Stanton, who discovered it along with a slightly milder one that describes President Obama as a “wicked black monkey.”

Caitlin Hayden, a spokeswoman for the National Security Council, denounced the racist article in a statement.

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