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N Korea at crossroads

North Korea in final stages of nuclear test preparations: U.N. report

Tunnel excavation and detonation device tests confirmed

Hwasong-17 intercontinental ballistic missiles are shown off at a military parade to mark the 90th anniversary of the founding of the Korean People's Revolutionary Army in Pyongyang in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency.   © Reuters

NEW YORK -- North Korea is in the final stages of preparations for a nuclear weapons test, with activities pointing to excavation of an underground tunnel and testing of triggering devices, a United Nations Security Council panel says in an expert report.

North Korea has expanded production capability for nuclear fissile materials at the Yongbyon nuclear testing site, according to the report released on Friday.

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