UN Says North Korea Tests Explosive Devices at Nuclear Site

A United Nations (UN) draft report submitted to the Security Council’s North Korea sanctions committee on Wednesday claimed that North Korea tested explosive devices at the Punggye-ri nuclear test site.

According to the draft UN report obtained by media outlet Nikkei Asia, North Korea has also begun digging new underground tunnels, which “paves the way for additional nuclear tests for the development of nuclear weapons.” 

Nikkei reported that the draft report detailed tactics Pyongyang used to dodge sanctions.  

The report said North Korea expanded its capacity to produce fissile materials at its Yongbyon nuclear facility and started excavating tunnels at Punggye-ri.  

Meanwhile, international media reported that key excerpts from the draft report said that UN experts believed North Korea was preparing for additional nuclear tests at its northeastern test site. 

South Korean and US intelligence officials said they have also detected North Korean efforts to prepare its northeastern Punggye-ri testing ground for another nuclear test. 

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