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23 October 2006. Add Getty Images dated October 13, 2006


IN SPACE - OCTOBER 13: This is a satellite image of the site suspected of being related to an October 9 nuclear test performed in Kilchu, North Korea collected on October 13, 2006. (Photo DigitalGlobe via Getty Images)

Date Submitted: 17 Oct 2006 10:00 AM


IN SPACE - OCTOBER 13: This is an overview satellite image of Kilchu, North Korea, where a suspected nuclear test was conducted on October 9, 2006. (Photo DigitalGlobe via Getty Images)

Date Submitted: 17 Oct 2006 09:32 AM

16 October 2006. Add DNI release.



October 16, 2006

Statement by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence on the North Korea Nuclear Test

"Analysis of air samples collected on October 11, 2006 detected radioactive debris which confirms that North Korea conducted an underground nuclear explosion in the vicinity of P'unggye on October 9, 2006. The explosion yield was less than a kiloton."

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A P'unggye-ri is located at coordinates 41.1361N, 129.1567E, several miles south of the location of the seismic disturbance at 41.294N, 129.094E reported by USGS below. There is another city by the same name some distance to the north.

14 October 2006. USGS has moved the epicenter of the North Korean "seismic disturbance" about 2.5 miles west of the original reported location, and has reduced the uncertainty measurement from 6.5 miles to 4.5 miles. Revised and new Google Earth annotated photos added. While there are a number of mine openings shown in the area, little of the tailings which would indicate deep mining are seen, although tailings may have been removed to camouflage deep mining.

An interesting area several miles to the north of the seismic disturbance shows a mountain top cleared and levelled with what appear to be numerous boreholes regularly spaced in the cleared area. Photos of this area below. As with other North Korean mining exploration and development these may be conventional probes for ore and unrelated to nuclear testing. However, dual-use mining would be expected for both military and commercial purposes as North Korea develops its underground protection of military, governmental and public facilities. Comments invited on what this could be. Send to jya[at]

9 October 2006


North Korea Nuclear Test Site

Nuclear Test Site displayed by USGS on 13 October 2006

Nuclear Test Site displayed by USGS on 9 October 2006

Nuclear Test Site c. 2004 USGS reported on 13 October 2006,+129.094E&ie=UTF8&z=13&ll=41.294059,129.09399&spn=0.108597,0.268822&t=k&om=0

Quake epicenter at green arrow: 41.294N, 129.094E. Red circle shows 2.25 mile radius of location uncertainty -- USGS allows 4.5 miles uncertainty.

Nuclear Test Site c. 2004 USGS reported on 9 October 2006,+129.134&ie=UTF8&z=13&ll=41.293576,129.135833&spn=0.110145,0.271912&t=h&om=0

Quake epicenter at green arrow: 41.294N, 129.134E. Red circle shows 3 mile radius of location uncertainty -- USGS allows 6.5 miles uncertainty.

Possible Nuclear Test Facilities Coordinates: 41.279N, 129.087E

Possible Nuclear Test Facilities, October 5, 2006
Getty Images
Possible Nuclear Test Facilities, c. 2004
New York Times
Possible Nuclear Test Facilities c. 2004. Coordinates: 41.279N, 129.087E,+129.087E&ie=UTF8&z=17&ll=41.27875,129.087188&spn=0.006773,0.016844&t=k&om=0

Unidentified cleared and levelled mountain top with what appear to be numerous boreholes.,+129.094E&ie=UTF8&om=0&z=15&ll=41.384215,129.087381&spn=0.027112,0.067205&t=k,+129.094E&ie=UTF8&om=0&z=17&ll=41.394542,129.102262&spn=0.006873,0.016994&t=k&iwloc=A