US website: Images suggest NKorea preparing for nuke test 
In this image provided by 38 North, shows a rail flatcar at radiochemical laboratory where North Korea separates weapons-grade plutonium from waste from a nuclear reactor. U.S. researchers see further signs from satellite imagery that North Korea is looking to produce more plutonium for nuclear weapons - AP

WASHINGTON :A U.S. website that monitors North Korea says the isolated nation may be preparing for a nuclear test in the near future.

The website 38 North says commercial satellite imagery taken Thursday shows vehicles at a command center that controls the underground explosions, which could be sign that a test is imminent.

The center lies nearly four miles from the test site at Punggye-ri (PUNG-gare-ree).

Predicting North Korea’s nuclear tests is notoriously difficult. But South Korean officials say the North has finished preparations for a test and it could happen any day. The last test happened in January.

On Friday, North Korea began a ruling party congress to cement the authority of its leader, Kim Jong Un.

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