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US Spy Planes Watch for Possible North Korea Nuke Test

Officials told NBC that a nuclear test by North Korea could come without warning

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    US Spy Planes Watch for Possible North Korea Nuke Test
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    In this Saturday, April 15, 2017 file photo, North Korean men and women wave flags and plastic flowers as a float with model missiles and rockets with words that read "For Peace and Stability in the World" is paraded across Kim Il Sung Square during a military parade in Pyongyang.

    The U.S. military has deployed “sniffer aircraft,” drones and U-2 spy planes in preparation for a possible North Korean nuclear test, NBC News reported. 

    The sniffer aircraft is capable of detecting evidence of a nuclear explosion, according to NBC News. 

    In a statement to NBC, the U.S. Air Force said the plane, known as the WC 135, "has been deployed on a routine mission to Northeast Asia. These missions are planned well in advance."

    Officials also told NBC that a nuclear test by North Korea could come without warning.

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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."