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Report: N. Korea has nuclear capability

Aug. 30, 2006 at 3:18 PM   |   Comments

SEOUL, Aug. 30 (UPI) -- North Korean leader Kim Jong-il may be in Beijing to mend fences after last month's missile tests, as South Korea admits the North has nuclear capability.

South Korean media quoted in London's Guardian newspaper said "satellites have tracked a special North Korean train, the usual form of transport for Mr. Kim, entering Chinese territory."

If true, the visit would be Kim's second this year amid increasing signs of a rift between Beijing and Pyongyang.

It also would come as South Korea acknowledged for the first time it thinks North Korea has nuclear-test capabilities.

"North Korea is believed to have facilities for a nuclear test," the International Herald Tribune quoted Kim Seung Kyu, director of South Korea's National Intelligence Service, telling South Korea's National Assembly in a private meeting.

"The possibility of a nuclear test is always open as soon as Kim Jong Il makes a decision," Kim said, adding his agency had no indication of an imminent test.

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