Is North Korea readying a nuclear test?
April 24th, 2012
11:56 AM ET

Is North Korea readying a nuclear test?

The U.S. has seen no significant signs that North Korea is readying a nuclear test, a senior military official said, responding to questions about a Reuters report from Beijing that the reclusive regime has "almost completed" preparations for a third nuclear test, citing a "senior source with close ties to Pyongyang and Beijing."

U.S. officials said it would not be surprising should North Korea go ahead with a test, given its history of following missile tests with other provocative actions. However, a senior U.S. military official told CNN's Mike Mount that the U.S. has "seen no overt indications that there is any movement afoot do" a nuclear test.

While reports of nuclear test preparations could not be confirmed, North Korea’s “trash talking” to the South points to the possibility, a senior administration official told CNN's Jill Dougherty.

In this regard, North Korea is following its traditional pattern, a U.S. official explained to CNN's Pam Benson.

“It’s not surprising that North Korea is escalating tensions with South Korea in the wake of its failed missile launch. Pyongyang is following a well-known script in preaching to Seoul that it will set the terms of the relationship," the official said. "The North has a range of options, including nontraditional ones, to provoke the South, and there’s always a risk that any provocation could backfire.”

The official would not speculate on what North Korea might do.

The White House spokesman  warned North Korea against moves that would further inflame the situation.

North Korea “refrain from engaging in anymore hostile or provocative actions," White House spokesman Jay Carney said.

North Korea said Monday that it would soon initiate "special actions" aimed at destroying the South Korean president and his government.
North Korean armed forces will use "unprecedented peculiar means and methods of our own style" to carry out the actions, the official Korean Central News Agency said in a report, adding that the operation would take three or four minutes.

It did not specify what those actions would involve.

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  1. Jo

    let em try to use the one nuclear bomb they have we will shoot it down, with their missile technology and send 2 of hundreds right back at them No more threat done deal. Then we don't have to deal with these dipshit pricks ever again

    April 25, 2012 at 12:19 pm | Reply
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      April 25, 2012 at 9:52 pm | Reply
      • Jo

        why yes you are lmao. Little kids posting

        April 26, 2012 at 8:50 pm |
  2. Erik60505

    I wish all the people of North Korea would just leave one night and leave this freak ruler to have nothing else to do but eat twinkies.

    April 25, 2012 at 11:26 am | Reply
  3. shivadass

    A media source that will never lie to you.
    Dedicated to the truth, Show your support and pass it around.

    April 25, 2012 at 11:02 am | Reply
  4. Pascha van Hoolwerff

    Facebook page for those who want to have up to date news and information concerning North-Korea. The page has a Dutch name but the artikels will be entirely in English.

    April 25, 2012 at 10:22 am | Reply
  5. Peace Keeper

    The bible dosnt say anything about jews having the right to trash talk any other religion so go to hell, both of you.

    April 25, 2012 at 7:42 am | Reply
  6. Prometheus

    North Korea only understands strength, and strong action. This can be used to our advantage..

    For instance, build an enormous gun, very large and impressive, and sell it to south Korea.

    They will then jabber away, but eventually begin to negotiate on very favorable terms.

    April 24, 2012 at 11:56 pm | Reply
  7. WHAT

    i think cnn either has to monitor this site or shut it down , its getting worse each day with the crap people post

    April 24, 2012 at 7:37 pm | Reply
  8. pugsly

    stick ur bible up your ass you hook nose want to rule the worldjust give it a try .this time the extermination wont fail.

    April 24, 2012 at 7:26 pm | Reply
    • burm12

      Cut the trolling. Seriously.

      April 24, 2012 at 11:13 pm | Reply
      • Exburm

        and some of the peurile aggravations from people. Why not focus on what a nuclear launch might actually do?

        April 24, 2012 at 11:19 pm |
  9. Walt Kowalski

    I just kept a bunch of jabbering gooks off my lawn

    April 24, 2012 at 7:19 pm | Reply
  10. bobster26

    All you fantasy fanaticals should stop believing in a higher God! Their is no higher power. All made up by the Jews!

    April 24, 2012 at 6:51 pm | Reply
    • billybob

      Kims are our Gods, better learn Korean soon.

      April 24, 2012 at 11:38 pm | Reply
  11. billybob

    I'm sure N. Korea will erupt a volcano beneath Seoul...

    April 24, 2012 at 5:43 pm | Reply
  12. Hahahahahaha

    So Lil Dong Un wants to create a bigger explosion! He must be compensating for something! Hahahahahaha

    April 24, 2012 at 4:28 pm | Reply
  13. VAVeteran

    so,...there goes the modest man, humble in spirit, wise in his rule know who he serves. Who this guy is,...ha No idea and care less

    April 24, 2012 at 4:03 pm | Reply
  14. TOMG


    April 24, 2012 at 3:13 pm | Reply
  15. TOMG


    April 24, 2012 at 3:12 pm | Reply
    • Psychologist

      ...and they might just find that edible...

      April 24, 2012 at 5:52 pm | Reply
    • Dildo Baggins

      You sir are a waste of space and you're commets are meaning less. For you to post the same ridiculous crap over and over on every article CNN produces makes me sick to my stomach. Its people like you that should be put in a hole and left there to rot. TOMG you are lonely creature that lives through night not able to cope with society because of you're bizarre features caused from incest. AMEN.

      April 24, 2012 at 10:57 pm | Reply
  16. first line of defence

    the test will take place by friday according to some sources.

    April 24, 2012 at 2:59 pm | Reply
  17. Jay

    With everything else going on in the world the States need to back off North Korea its a war they can't fight I feel China will be there for North Korea
    And we will lose and we will not have any help this is to large for them even on their best day anymore we are not a super power anymore.
    Its just a bad move
    we just need to leave it alone please .

    April 24, 2012 at 2:36 pm | Reply
    • Dildo Baggins

      Well Jay i agree with you on the fact that we should keep our noses out of this, but I disagree with you about not being a superpower. First, with the amount of nukes we have that for one makes us a superpower. Second, we are more technologically advanced then any other country out there, military wise. For instance, we are the only country at this time with drone technology. Third, we have the best trained military in the world and we have experience on our side. If your basing everything off the afghanistan and iraq war, then what you need to understand is that this is war that can be won. Fighting a war where the enemy blends in with the population is difficult situation for any military. If you fight a war where its military vs military then you can see what the US can do. Finally, we own the air, which can be a huge advantage in any war. Right now going to war with China would not be good for either side, but to think we couldn't hold our own, well sir you're sadly mistaken.

      April 24, 2012 at 10:42 pm | Reply
      • Jay

        I understand that but just the numbers of North Korea and China are huge and do you really believe that they could not get one or two missiles thru I think after 9/11 anything is posable now

        April 24, 2012 at 10:50 pm |
      • Jay

        I am not saying your not right but I will never underestimate the under dog again
        and I hope your right for my kids sake
        and thanks you made me feel better

        April 24, 2012 at 10:52 pm |
      • Dildo Baggins

        Never underestimate the enemy and when it comes to these two military's we wouldn't. One thing to think about when it comes to the US, if we weren't a super power, then trust me we would have already been put in our place a long time ago. I dont necessarily agree with what out government does all the time, but I am fortunate we have them protecting us. Also with 9/11 there is conspiracies behind that-not saying I believe them.,but at this point who knows(not going to get into that). There is much more to these wars then what the average american understands. Propaganda works in mysterious ways and has the ability to alter the perception of many minds(doesnt apply but thought you should know). Oh and as far as sending a couple of missles in, trust me again, it would be raining fire from the get go...Also, besides Russia (equal), we have the best missle defense system in the world. So that right there is an advantage.The only thing that China may have on their side is the ability to fund the war longer than us; but who is the say it would even be a long war? Personally I dont see anything happening with either of them at least not anytime soon. Not sure if you saw the article about the glider but if we can get that to work, sorry but there wont be anyone touching us. Missle delivery at mach 20 (13,000 mph). No defense sytem in the world (including ours) would have a chance to blow it out of the sky.

        April 24, 2012 at 11:28 pm |
  18. Phil

    Why locket no fry??!!! Bling me twinkies NOW!!

    April 24, 2012 at 2:33 pm | Reply
  19. rob2tall

    Perhaps the leader sees the rocket failure as a minor issue and knows if the nuke screws up it will be the downfall of his rule..

    April 24, 2012 at 2:07 pm | Reply
  20. Matt

    They were going to do that anyway, you can condemn the rocket launch, people know they have just had leadership transition so taking the p*** out of them over the failure at this what they consider sensitive time was going to lead to a response of some kind. I basically took the line that it was like any other failure say the Russia have or with the shuttle. So unless people are prepared for a response and that with the DPRK means the risk of full spectrum high intensity warfare to a North Korean provocation I see little point in making fun of their failure. It was ill-advised, counter productive and dangerous. Maybe they will sink another ship, or shell the islands, the ROK respond tit for tat and then a full blown war over what.

    April 24, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Reply
  21. The Ovens Are Still Warm

    Kim looks as if he's just finished taking it up the ass.

    April 24, 2012 at 12:37 pm | Reply
  22. Rabbi

    The focus should be on how to enrich Israel.

    What stupid Americans seem not to understand, is that Jews are chosen people.

    We will reap the rewards of our faithful service to Yahweh.

    The goyim of this world should be happy to fight over the scraps that we Jews throw from table.

    Israel will reign supreme over earth, and anybody challenging that assertion will be conquered, with the help of US military.

    You people may not like us Jews, but you WILL learn to fear us.

    If a few of you must die to save a few of us....that's a bargain we can live with. Your own nations agree with me on this.

    Your sacrafices are necessary to ensure the survival of the only democracy in the middle east.

    April 24, 2012 at 12:29 pm | Reply
    • GH

      This post is either from a Muslim extremist trying to make Jews look bad or a really demented, Torah-thumping jerk-off. My evidence? Excessive grammatical errors, spelling errors, and the inability to put a series of connected thoughts in a paragraph has doomed the above to the annals of the garbage bin.

      Nice try, punk. Now go back to to WoW.

      April 24, 2012 at 12:38 pm | Reply
      • Thor

        I don't know, I have met more than one Israeli who acted the same way.

        They really think their god made them to rule over us, like cattle...

        April 24, 2012 at 12:54 pm |
      • joe

        My neighbor was born in Hebron, and I hear that same shitttt all the time.

        The Israelis believe that they are going to conquer America, like David conquered Judea.

        I don't like it....

        April 24, 2012 at 1:04 pm |
    • Peace Keeper

      Rabbi, I along with more than half the world don't like you. Not the the jewish faith just people like you. When your waiting in line at the gates of hell, you will regret making that comment. You discust me and should be ashamed of yourself.

      April 24, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Reply
      • Gideon

        While Rabbi is rabid, he is right about Jews being the better race...

        It's in your bible...Israel is meant to rule the world..

        April 24, 2012 at 5:10 pm |
      • Peace Keeper

        The bible does not give jews the right to trash talk any other religion so go to hell, both of you!

        April 25, 2012 at 7:43 am |
    • Dildo Baggins

      Put it this way Rabbi, if you didnt have the US support you would be nothing.

      April 24, 2012 at 11:54 pm | Reply

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