World U.S. Spy Planes Watching for Possible North Korea Nuke Test

01:26  21 april  2017
01:26  21 april  2017 Source:   NBC News

Pelosi calls for debate on strikes after 'saber-rattling' on North Korea

  Pelosi calls for debate on strikes after 'saber-rattling' on North Korea “Every day, the President gives Congress reason to return and debate the use of force.""Every day, the President gives Congress reason to return and debate the use of force. The President's escalation in Syria and his saber-rattling on North Korea demand serious and immediate Congressional scrutiny," Pelosi said in a statement Thursday.

The U . S . continues to take active measures to prepare for the possibility of a nuclear test by North Korea , U . S . officials told NBC News, including the deployment of a special nuclear "sniffer" aircraft, drones, and U-2 spy planes .

North Korea is reportedly close to conducting another nuclear test , and the U . S . military moved a spy plane to monitor the area.

Image: Kim Jong Un looks at a rocket warhead tip in this undated photo. ballistic missile © Kim Jong Un looks at a rocket warhead tip in this undated photo. Image: Kim Jong Un looks at a rocket warhead tip in this undated photo. ballistic missile

The U.S. continues to take active measures to prepare for the possibility of a nuclear test by North Korea, U.S. officials told NBC News, including the deployment of a special nuclear "sniffer" aircraft, drones, and U-2 spy planes.

The U.S. Air Force's special sniffer plane is capable of detecting evidence of a nuclear explosion.

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Two U.S. intelligence officials told NBC News that North Korea is in a position to conduct a nuclear test with little or no warning.

Russia urges 'restraint' over N. Korea tensions: Kremlin

  Russia urges 'restraint' over N. Korea tensions: Kremlin Russia on Friday called for "restraint" over the situation in North Korea, warning against any "provocative steps" after Washington said it was assessing military options in response to the country's weapons programs. "Moscow is watching with great concern the escalation of tensions on the Korean peninsula," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told journalists. "We call for restraint from all countries and warn countries not to pursue actions that could consist of any provocative steps," he added.

Military "sniffer" spy planes — probably already in the area because your preparations have been caught by spy satellites North Korea is aware its site is being watched and activity can be staged to create a false alarm. North Korea didn't do an especially good job of obscuring its 2006 test .

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"We expect that they are able to do it at any time, without any real warning," one official said. "They have been engaging in steady preparations."

Image: The WC-135W Constant Phoenix aircraft © The WC-135W Constant Phoenix aircraft collects particulate and gaseous debris from the accessible re... Image: The WC-135W Constant Phoenix aircraft

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The officials would neither confirm nor deny that the U.S. has detected signs that a test is imminent.

Three U.S. military officials said the Chinese military is currently on a higher alert as part of a nationwide exercise. The exercise is defensive in nature and not focused on the region near North Korea.

During a Thursday press conference with Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni, President Trump answered a reporter's question about instability in North Korea by praising China's president and China's actions in the region.

Trump team braces for North Korea 'event'

  Trump team braces for North Korea 'event' President Trump hit the golf course Friday, as he and his aides braced for what North Korea calls a "big event," possibly some kind of nuclear test. WASHINGTON — President Trump hit the golf course Friday, as he and his aides braced for what North Korea calls a "big event," possibly some kind of nuclear test.

9, 2016 file photo, a man watches a TV news program reporting North Korea ' s nuclear test at Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea . Military "sniffer" spy planes — probably already in the area because your preparations have been caught by spy satellites — will soon be scouring the air for

Military "sniffer" spy planes — probably already in the area because your preparations have been caught by spy satellites — will soon be scouring the air for 9, 2016 file photo, a man watches a TV news program reporting North Korea \' s nuclear test at Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea .

"As far as North Korea is concerned, we are in very good shape," said Trump. "I respect [President Xi] very much, and I think he's working very hard… Some very unusual moves have been made over the past two or three hours and I really have confidence that the president will try very hard."

Image: The WC-135W Constant Phoenix aircraft © A WC-135W Constant Phoenix aircraft performs touch and go landing exercises Feb. 12 at Offutt Air Fo... Image: The WC-135W Constant Phoenix aircraft

Rep. Brad Sherman Worried North Korea Could Smuggle Nuke In 'Bale Of Marijuana' .
At least one congressman seems increasingly afraid North Korea could try to send the U.S. some really bomb weed. As North Korea continues to threaten the West with a nuclear attack, U.S. Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.) suggested the isolationist nation could simply smuggle in a nuke through a “bale of marijuana.”Sherman raised the issue Wednesday afternoon, when the entire U.S. Senate was called to a White House briefing on North Korea.At classified briefing @VP urged members to "convey the Administration's level of resolve to confront N. Korea." That resolve is weak, phony— Rep.

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