North Korea conducted 2nd 'more powerful' Nuke test – Regional Nuke War tension intensifies


Mon, 25 May 2009 04:05:53 GMT
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North Korea says it has carried out a “successful” underground nuclear weapons test, according to the Korean Central News Agency.

The North “successfully conducted one more underground nuclear test on May 25 as part of the measures to bolster up its nuclear deterrent for self-defense in every way as requested by its scientists and technicians,” the news agency said on Monday.

“The current nuclear test was safely conducted on a new higher level in terms of its explosive power and technology of its control,” it added.

The test would “contribute to defending the sovereignty of the country and the nation and socialism and ensuring peace and security on the Korean peninsula and the region around it with the might of Songun (the North’s army-first policy).”

No details of the location of the test have been given yet.

According to South Korean officials, a tremor was detected around the northeastern town of Kilju, near where the first test was conducted in October 2006.

The US Geological Survey announced that it detected what it called a 4.7-magnitude earthquake in North Korea on Monday.

The tremor struck at 9:54 am (0054 GMT), 375 kilometers (230 miles) northeast of Pyongyang at a depth of just 10 kilometers, it said.

It is said that Monday’s test was more powerful than North Korea’s previous test of an atomic bomb almost three years ago. But US State Department says it can not confirm the report at this time.

The test however has caused grave regional and international concern.

South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak has called for an emergency security meeting. Japan has set up a taskforce at the crisis management center at Prime Minister Taro Aso’ office.

Tokyo said it would seek an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council.

“If North Korea conducted a nuclear test, it is a clear violation of UN resolutions,” said top government spokesman Takeo Kawamura, adding his country will take “stern action” against it.

Meanwhile, the EU external relations commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner said that North Korea’s new nuclear test is “very, very worrying.”

The Russian foreign ministry has also voiced “concern” about North Korea’s nuclear test.

“The information about the North Korean nuclear test evokes concern, but before reaching any final conclusions it must be carefully checked,” the RIA-Novosti state news agency quoted the ministry’s press service as saying.


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