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North Korea may be preparing for two nuclear tests

There was increased speculation today that North Korea might be preparing for nuclear tests, after satellite images and intelligence reports hinted at increased activity near nuclear test sites.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un "made an important decision that will serve as a guiding principle in defending the country's security and sovereignty," the North's official KCNA news agency reported on Sunday, according to South Korean newspaper Chosun Ilbo.

On Jan. 31, South Korean media reported that Kim Jong Un had issued martial law in the North and declared that a nuclear test would take place sometime between last week and this Tuesday.

Following revelations that the North Korean military is covering up one tunnel to prevent satellite observation, GlobalPost senior correspodent Geoffrey Cain reports that "there's activity at a second site at Punggye-ri, the purported nuclear test area."

"They've concluded that North Korea could, therefore, be getting ready to detonate two bombs at the same time or back-to-back, perhaps to demonstrate their power," Cain reported from Seoul.

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