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  • Amid growing speculation that North Korea will conduct a third nuclear test, sources

  • in South Korea are now pointing to a lack of activity at North Korea's nuclear testing

  • site as a sign that the test could happen soon.

  • The North Korean leadership, meanwhile, says it will keep making and launching long-range

  • rockets.

  • Choi You-sun has this report. Government and military sources in South Korea say activity

  • at North Korea's nuclear testing ground in the country's far north seems to have been

  • suspended since last Friday.

  • While it's difficult to tell whether or not the withdrawal of manpower and equipment is

  • temporary, sources say the break in activity could actually mean that the test day is near.

  • Keeping in mind that the Lunar New Year holiday extends to Tuesday in the North, officials

  • in Seoul are watching the situation closely, as the lack of activity could be part of Pyongyang's

  • strategy to deceive observers.

  • In fact, a high-ranking official in Seoul has said that if the North is planning for

  • a test, and the South and the U.S. believe it's still likely, there's a good chance it'll

  • happen this week.

  • On Monday, the Central Committee of the North's ruling Workers' Party reaffirmed its intention

  • to continue developing and launching satellites mounted on long-range rockets, which the international

  • community considers a cover for a ballistic missile test.

  • In a move likely aimed at consolidating the forces within the regime ahead of former leader

  • Kim Jong-il's birthday on February 16th, the politburo vowed to ready itself for high intensity

  • action to protect North Korea's security and sovereignty.

  • A Washington Post editorial said the biggest security threat President Barack Obama faces

  • in his second-term lies within North Korea, where young leader Kim Jong-un has shown the

  • determination to develop nuclear arms capable of reaching the U.S. mainland.

  • Choi You-sun, Arirang News.

Amid growing speculation that North Korea will conduct a third nuclear test, sources

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