Is North Korea planning a nuclear test?
A North Korean missile Taepodong class is displayed during a military parade.
April 24th, 2012
12:28 PM ET

Is North Korea planning a nuclear test?

North Korea will soon carry out a nuclear test, the nation's third, Reuters reported Tuesday, citing a senior source with close ties to Pyongyang and Beijing.

But U.S. officials tell CNN they've seen no signs a nuclear test is forthcoming from North Korea.

Still, a test would not be surprising, one official said.

"Pyongyang is following a well-known script in preaching to Seoul that it will set the terms of the relationship," the official said.

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  1. Latonya

    Who cares? We should mind our own business Don't we have enough trouble with the Mexican invasion of our country and the blacks acting like wild animals?

    April 24, 2012 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Liz

      Well I care because my husband is in the army stationed in Seoul. Which is probably in the biggest position of danger.

      April 24, 2012 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • JerseyJeff

      A nuclear arms race in Southeast Asia would make our current security risks look like a game of hop scotch in comparison.

      How soon we forget the lessons of the Cold War...
      Think for a moment... Multiple nations armed with nuclear weapons in an arms race WITHOUT the treatises and verification protocols that were established between the USA and the former USSR and remember despite all those safeguards there were near launches.

      Now tell me if Mexican immigration is a bigger problem?

      April 24, 2012 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • omg

      you can just look around you I know something big is coming..... 2012 or not something s happening.

      Aren't we in a cold war now , by definition?

      I think we have bigger issues La tanya, then mexicans. : )

      April 24, 2012 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pedro'

      Nope. Us Mexicans are a very big problem. We are important. No burritos for you.

      April 24, 2012 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pedro'

      @liz. Is your husband a Seoul Man ? Do dah du du duuu duuuuu duuuuuuuu.

      April 24, 2012 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      Just think how many bags of rice that thing cost while the people look for bugs and tree bark to eat. The great fearless leader sure doesn't miss on drop of his meal while this thing goes down the empty useless North Korean roads that goes to no where.

      April 25, 2012 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rick Neibauer

      Do some homework on North Korea before you make ignorant statements like this... That place is the scariest thing on this earth.

      April 26, 2012 at 1:24 am | Report abuse |
  2. mickey1313

    If they do test, it is an act of war, we should nuke them. If China even looks cross eyed at us, we should nuke their ungrateful butts too.

    April 24, 2012 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • James

      China ? Ungrateful ? Where do you think the current administration is getting all this money to give to the lazy hippy occupiers and blacks? China is paying all the lowlifes bills so they can protest about Trayvon and "unfairness".

      April 24, 2012 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • JerseyJeff

      You sound like MacArthur... Thank God he didn't get his way or we would have had an all out nuclear war.

      These weapons are too terrible to ACTUALLY use. Nations have return addresses and risking nuclear war is unthinkable.

      April 24, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  3. saywhat

    " we don't see any sign of a nuclear test forthcoming" US official on N.Korea. Which would be the nation's third.
    "We don't have evidence that Iran has decided to think about developing a nuclear weapon" Panetta
    " Iran's capability to enrich uranium is up to 20% against 90 % needed for weapons grade" consensus of 17 US agencies. " "It has no viable delivery system either". High powered US surveillance & espionage ops many inside Iran has revealed nothing beyond an entirely legal nuclear energy programme " Professor Carl Boggs.

    April 24, 2012 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • JerseyJeff

      Just to play 'Devil's Advocate', the intelligence community was surprised by the last 2 tests and didn't know until after the tests took place.

      April 24, 2012 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  4. saywhat

    But we should attack Iran ???
    And whose big ugly boot firmly planted on the collective behind of the US Congress is pushing us towards that disaster. You can see that master of deceit tonite on CNN at 7.00 pm E.

    April 24, 2012 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  5. James

    We need to worry about Hispanics wanting Aztlan and blacks running wild in the streets attacking anyone who doesn't look like them.

    April 24, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  6. saywhat

    @ James
    are you sure you havn't just woken up from a bad dream. Maybe too many burritos last

    April 24, 2012 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Portland tony

    A rhetorical question at best! If the US intelligence community doesn't know which means the Chinese, Israelis and Russians don't know, how are blog commenters to know? Where are CNN 's investigative reporters?

    April 24, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  8. clearmind

    Of course they are!

    April 24, 2012 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  9. JerseyJeff

    And if they are? What can be done?

    The international community, except China, has squeezed so many sanctions on North Korea, what else is there to target?

    What is more disturbing, is that Chinese mobile missile launcher you have pictured in the photo. If we can't get China to observe the sanctions, which are in their best national interests (even China doesn't want a nuclear arms race in South East Asia), what can be done?

    China is the missing link. Until they start acting like a responsible international power, it's impossible to squeeze concessions out of North Korea.

    April 24, 2012 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • mickey1313

      Um, bomb the living crap out of them.

      April 24, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • JerseyJeff

      Somehow running bombing missions that close to China seems like a bad idea... A little history lesson, China came into the Korean War like a flood after UN forces went past the 38th Parallel and wooped our butts back to that imaginary line.

      April 24, 2012 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Marie

    China is our friend. They have good food and good restaurants. I think some of you are prejudiced.

    April 24, 2012 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Elaine B

    I think we should all be nice to each other and get along. The Chineese people I know are some of the nicest people there is. We need go be friendly to other countries instead of trying to be the bullies and police of the world.

    April 24, 2012 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  12. omg

    you can just look around you and know that something big is fixing to happen

    April 24, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pedro'

      There is going to be a great shortage of burritos in the future. And no nacho cheese. It is going to be bad. And I'm not going to share. It is nacho cheese.

      April 24, 2012 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
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    April 24, 2012 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
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    April 25, 2012 at 2:22 am | Report abuse |
  15. Michael

    We are at war time footing 24 hrs 365 days a year, it just doesn't bother our shopping is all.
    Good paying jobs for those in millitary and as close as they can get to a Socialistic society.
    We are still refining and replcing our old nuke systems. With more concentration on smaller. More battlefield friendly.

    April 25, 2012 at 2:52 am | Report abuse |