Undeterred by international condemnation of its latest nuclear test and a new round of sanctions, North Korea is reportedly preparing to carry out another underground atomic test.
Satellite images taken since the regime conducted what it claims was a test of a thermonuclear device at its Punggye-ri proving grounds on September 3 have revealed mining equipment and heavy cargo trucks close to a shaft excavated to the south of the test site. Additional activity has also been confirmed at another underground access point, known as the West Portal.
Analysts believe the damage caused by the recent testto subterranean structures beneath Mount Mantap, accessed through the North Portal, is so extensive that it is unsuitable for further tests.
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An analysis of the images by experts from the US-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins University, released on the 38 North website, confirms "numerous landslides throughout the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site on the slopes of Mt. Mantip (and beyond) resulting from North Korea's sixth nuclear test".
The satellite pictures, taken five days after the most recent test, show a "large tractor/trailer cargo truck" at the South Portal, with mining carts and other equipment are visible at the West Portal.
"Such activity, coming shortly after the largest underground conducted at Punggye-ri to date, suggests that onsite work could now be changing focus to further prepare those other portals for future underground nuclear testing", the report states.
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There have also been suggestions in recent days that a Hwasong-14 intercontinental ballistic missiles is being readied at an underground launch facility in Samjiyon, with a South Korean government official confirming to Radio Free Asia that it is "keeping a close watch on North Korean activities and discussing how to react if they provoke again".
Work at the nuclear test site and on another missile launch were under way before the United Nations Security Council imposed new sanctions on North Korea on Monday.
Pyongyang has reacted defiantly to the new restrictions on imports of fuel and lucrative exports of labourers and textile products.
North Korea has said it rejects the UN resolution and state-run media declared it to be a "product of heinous provocation".
It’s a throwback to the Cold War when it was feared that planning for a nuclear strike might suggest the US was preparing to launch one itself and expected a response.
The entire world that doesn’t pay heed to the mainstream media thinks he and his son Rory are involved in the Bundy Ranch grazing rights showdown with the Bureau of Land Management, and all he can do is sputter that “this isn’t over” and make vague threats about a mysterious federal task force he plans to sic on rancher Cliven Bundy.
The so-outraged Reid has resorted to calling Bundy’s supporters “domestic terrorists,” loudly and repeatedly, to divert attention from the fact that he actually is involved in the BLM mess — though perhaps not exactly in the way initially thought.
The mainstream media have tried to dismiss the Reid connection by deliberately misrepresenting it. The Las Vegas Sun even seems to think that I personally started the “conspiracy theory” that connects the Reids and a Chinese solar project to Clark County shenanigans. I didn’t, and while it’s flattering to imagine any calumnous catch phrases cast Dingy Harry’s way by yours truly could sway the national agenda, I believe the honor of first blood on that story belongs to Info Wars.
Regarding grazing, the BLM says Bundy’s cattle are illegally grazing on Gold Butte. If that’s the case, then he’s trespassing. And if that’s the case, he shouldn’t owe any grazing fees. If he owes grazing fees, then that implies he has some legal right to use the land, albeit he is expected to pay a tax for it. If that’s the case, then he’s not trespassing and his cattle aren’t there illegally, he is just in arrears. I’m sure this all makes sense to government lawyers and judges who can pull treaties and agreements out of their derrieres to prove their case, but to ordinary folk, this seems like a little bit of circular logic.
But back to Harry Reid.
A BLM map of planned renewable energy projects also shows a company called First Solar among 11 projects sited in Clark County. The list of investors for First Solar includes Goldman Sachs, Ted Turner, Paul Tudor Jones and Al Gore. Here’s my personal favorite part, though: First Solar’s CEO is Michael Ahearn. Ahearn is a fundraiser for President Obama and … ta da! … Harry Reid.
Small world, ain’t it?
These projects are all part of a much larger plan by the Democratic Party to turn the West into essentially a giant battery. The President’s New Energy for America Plan calls for 10 percent of U.S. electricity to be generated by renewable sources by two years ago, a goal that has been slightly surpassed at this point. However, it also calls for a whopping 25 percent by 2025.
My guess is they’re running a little behind schedule.
According to the BLM, a 2009 memo from the secretary of the interior demanded that the Department of the Interior make renewable energy development a top priority. The Moapa solar project is on the fast-track list, according to a BLM report.
So the reason why Cliven Bundy’s cattle were the target of an armed invasion really had only peripherally to do with grazing fees and even less to do with a tortoise. The truth at this point seems to be that he stands in the way of a massive plot — dare we say conspiracy? — to make a whole lot of business and political figures on the Left a whole lot richer.
The BLM went up to Clark County to clear the way for the people who think they own this country. It’s just too bad for Dingy Harry and friends that the federal agents found out that there are still Americans who, right or wrong, won’t be pushed around so easily.