North Korea Conducts Nuclear Test
North Korean news agency: successful nuclear device detonated underground, no radioactive leak

Posted Sunday, October 8, 2006

North Korea Conducts Nuclear Test

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North Korea says it has carried out an underground nuclear test.

The North Korean news agency calls Monday morning's test successful, and says there was no radioactive leak in the area.

South Korean defense officials say the test took place in Hwaderi near Kilju city Monday morning. South Korea says it detected a 3.58 magnitude tremor in North Korea at 0136 UTC, the time the test was said to have been conducted.

South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun has convened an emergency security meeting to discuss the issue.

U.S. officials have yet to confirm a test has taken place.

Pyongyang warned last week that it would test a nuclear weapon to bolster its defenses against what it considers U.S. hostility.

North Korea's test sparked a flurry of diplomatic action around the world.

The U.S., China, South Korea and Japan issued strong warnings to Pyongyang last week, saying it would suffer unspecified consequences if the test is carried out.

The following is the full text of the announcement carried on North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency as reported on the Reuters news agency:

"The field of scientific research in the DPRK (North Korea) successfully conducted an underground nuclear test under secure conditions on October 9, Juche 95 (2006) at a stirring time when all the people of the country are making a great leap forward in the building of a great, prosperous, powerful socialist nation.

"It has been confirmed that there was no such danger as radioactive emission in the course of the nuclear test as it was carried out under a scientific consideration and careful calculation.

"The nuclear test was conducted with indigenous wisdom and technology 100%. It marks a historic event as it greatly encouraged and pleased the KPA (Korean People's Army) and people that have wished to have powerful self-reliant defence capability.

"It will contribute to defending the peace and stability on the Korean peninsula and in the area around it."

*Updated at 01:41am, 9 Oct 06, with N Korean announcement text.

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