Updated: Dec 30, 2019
Satellite photos show 'activity ramping up at North Korea weapons factory' as experts fear Kim Jong-un could deliver on his to taunt to drop a 'Christmas surprise' on the United States
Experts believe North Korea could be preparing to launch a long-range nuclear missile in the coming days
Satellite images from one of the country's missile sites shows activity has been ramping up within the past month
Experts are 'tracking North Korea's actions by the hour... bracing for an imminent test of an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of reaching American shores
On Sunday, Kim Jong-un called a meeting with members of his party to organize the bolstering of the nation's military - a sign of impending trouble
President Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe spent 75 minutes on the phone Saturday in order to coordinate a response to North Korean threats.
Pyongyang recently claimed it would deliver the US a 'Christmas surprise'
Kim Jong-un is 'growing increasingly frustrated' by US refusal to lift economic sanctions against his country and may abandon all diplomatic efforts.
Satellite photos appear to show activity ramping up at a North Korean work site that is believed to be producing long-range nuclear missiles.
The images, obtained have increased speculation that the communist regime is preparing to carry out an [intercontinental ballistic missile] test in the coming days.
The satellite pictures show that a temporary structure at the work site has been constructed over the course of December. Experts believe it has been erected to 'accommodate the raising of a launcher arm'.
The director of the East Asia Nonproliferation Program suggests North Korea erects this structure when the facility is involved in producing or modifying intercontinental ballistic missile launchers.
It comes amid growing alarm that North Korea may abandon diplomatic efforts with the Trump administration that has seen a thaw in relations in recent years.
On Sunday, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un further fueled international alarm by convening a key ruling party meeting to decide on steps to increase the country´s military capability.
The Korean Central News Agency said the meeting addressed 'important organizational and political measures and military steps to bolster up the overall armed forces … as required by the fast-changing situation and crucial time of the developing Korean revolution'.
American military and intelligence officials are tracking North Korea's actions by the hour... bracing for an imminent test of an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of reaching American shores'.
Meanwhile, President Trump phoned Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to discuss a 'coordinated response' against North Korea amid rising tensions with the communist country.
Kim Jong-un appears to have all but abandoned diplomacy talks with the US, after convening a meeting with his party on Sunday. The phone conversation lasted about 75 minutes and comes after several verbal attacks by Kim Jong-un on both the US and Japan in recent months
Following the chat, Prime Minister Abe said, ‘We [he and Trump] analyzed the latest developments regarding North Korea and had a thorough discussion about the steps ahead.'
North Korea has launched several test missiles in Japan's direction in recent months, with one allegedly landing in waters within the country's exclusive economic zone - a 124-mile band around Japanese territory.
Meanwhile, North Korea has also been taunting the US, ominously saying that the country should expect a 'Christmas surprise' as Kim Jong-un grows increasingly frustrated by America's refusal to lift economic sanctions against his country.
Earlier this month, North Korea conducted what US officials say was an engine test which may have been for a space launch vehicle or a long-range missile. American officials are worried that North Korea could soon unveil a 'Christmas surprise' in the form of a missile test similar to the launch of its intercontinental ballistic missile in July of 2017.
Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un issued a joint statement in 2018 that said the North 'commits to work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula' - but so far things are not working out.
Officials worry that it could be a prelude to the possible launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile in the coming days or weeks.
Any test involving an ICBM would have the most serious impact on the diplomatic effort because it would be considered a move by North Korea to acquire the ability to strike the United States, or, even worse, to show they already have it.
'North Korea has been advancing. It has been building new capabilities,' said Anthony Wier, a former State Department official who tracks nuclear disarmament for the Friends Committee on National Legislation.
'As long as that continues, they gain new capabilities to try new missiles to threaten us and our allies in new ways.'
The North Koreans warning of this 'Christmas gift' is their way of saying the Trump administration is running out of time to salvage nuclear negotiations, and it is up to the US to choose what 'Christmas gift' it gets from the North.
Victor Cha, a Korea expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, said a review of the possible launch sites in North Korea show that they are 'basically ready to go.'
Are we as Americans prepared for such a strike? We must always stay alert and stay in prayer.
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