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Seoul says North Korea may be ready for fourth nuclear test

Feb. 10, 2014 at 2:30 PM   |   Comments

SEOUL, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- North Korea appears ready to conduct a fourth nuclear test, but there were no signs it would do so anytime soon, South Korea's defense minister said Monday.

Kim Kwan-jin said when and if it happens depends on North Korean leaders, Yonhap News Agency reported.

Speaking to Parliament in Seoul, Kim said North Korea had prepared its Punggye-ri site for an underground nuclear test and that "initial steps" had been taken for a missile launch at a test site in Tongchang-ri.

"These things depend on the decision by the North Korean leadership," Kim said. "As seen in the past, the long-range missile test and the nuclear test are connected to each other. We are closely watching [the North Korean military] to prepare against any provocations."


Pyongyang tested several missile engine tests at Tongchang-ri last year and has been renovating the facility since May, the south's National Intelligence Service reported in October.

A U.S.-based website that covers North Korea-related news, 38 North, said last month that, based on satellite images, Pyongyang appeared to have tested a rocket engine for an intercontinental ballistic missile between December and early January.

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