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NNN0LHI Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 10:15 AM
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North Korea Suspected of Preparing 2nd Nuclear Test

North Korea is suspected of preparing a second nuclear test at a site where the communist state is believed to have conducted an underground nuclear blast earlier this month, reports said.

``The North is constructing a structure at a site in Punggye-ri, North Hamkyong Province, in the northeastern part of North Korea,'' an unidentified military official was quoted as saying by the Yonhap News Agency. ``It is clear that there have been movements there. We're closely monitoring whether North Korea is gearing up for a second nuclear test.''

The official, however, said a second test does not seem to be imminent. He failed to verify whether such activities are linked to the North's preparation for a second nuclear test.

The Defense Ministry in Seoul refused to confirm the reports.

The U.S. State Department refused to comment on the issue. ``We don't discuss intelligence issues as a matter of policy,'' Air Force Maj. David Smith, a Pentagon spokesman, was quoted as saying by the Associated Press.

Guess this general didn't get the memo?

U.S. general says expects 2nd North Korean test
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