North Korea’s nuclear test site has been preoccupied with volleyball, not missiles, according to satellite images released on Wednesday that showed three games being played in different places around what's become an international center of attention.
The images were taken on Sunday as tensions between the U.S. and North Korea have spiked over nuclear threats, said The New York Times.
President Donald Trump warned North Korean leader Kim Jong-un of pre-emptive strikes if another nuclear explosion was being conducted at the site, reported the Daily Mail.
Mad scientists spiking volleyballs – and a US Navy armada reportedly heading away from instead of steaming to the rescue of the Korean peninsula – might be confusing to many people, but intelligence folks say it's all part of the game.
“It suggests that the facility might be going into a standby mode,” said Joseph Bermudez, a veteran North Korean analyst. “It also suggests that these volleyball games are being conducted with the North Koreans knowing that we’ll be looking and reporting on it.”
“They’re either sending us a message that they’ve put the facility on standby, or they’re trying to deceive us. We really don’t know.”
The volleyball games were spotted just a day after missiles were put on display in Pyongyang in a giant show of military force for all the world to see.
North Korea also launched a failed missile on Sunday that blew up in a matter of seconds – which had some people speculating that the U.S. may have been involved in its destruction.
The Trump administration is making it known that the “era of strategic patience” is over.
According to BBC News, Pyongyang has warned the U.S. against retaliating forcefully, saying it would be “ready to hit back with nuclear attacks.”
Jong-un said on Thursday that North Korea was prepared to carry out a “super-mighty pre-emptive strike.”
“Don’t mess with us,” he added.
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