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Signs of potential provocations by North Korea have reportedly been detected at several facilities amid fears the regime may resume testing and activities to further develop its intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs).
According to sources in the South Korean government and military on Friday, North Korea appears to be not only preparing for an ICBM launch, but also taking various measures that could escalate tensions on the Korean peninsula.
According to unidentified sources, the North has started expanding the Sohae satellite launch ground in Dongchang-ri in North Pyongan province, which is capable of launching ICBMs.
Recent activities at the Punggye-ri nuclear test site indicate that the North has begun restoring parts of the tunnels it publicly blew up in May 2018 in the presence of international media.
And reports and images from the Yongbyon nuclear site show that the five megawatt nuclear reactor, reprocessing facility and uranium enrichment facility are back in operation.
Additionally, North Korea has reportedly started removing facilities built by South Korea in the resort town of Mount Geumgang.