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SKorea: 'Indication' NKorea prepping for nuke test

Mon, 04/08/2013 - 10:41am
HYUNG-JIN KIM, Associated Press

South Koreans wait for a chance to enter the North Korean city of Kaesong at the customs, immigration and quarantine office near the border village of Panmunjom, which has separated the two Koreas since the Korean War, in Paju, north of Seoul, South Korea, Monday, April 8, 2013. North Korea raised tensions Wednesday when it barred South Koreans and supply trucks from entering the Kaesong industrial complex, where South Korean companies have employed thousands of North Korean workers for the past decade. The writing reads "Departure and Kaesong." (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's point man on North Korea says there is an "indication" that Pyongyang is preparing for a fourth nuclear test.

Unification Minister Ryoo Kihl-jae told a parliamentary committee Monday that "there is such an indication," according to two ministry officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.

Ryoo was answering a lawmaker's question about increased personnel and vehicle activities at the North's nuclear test site.

Ministry officials cite Ryoo as telling the lawmakers he wouldn't provide further details because they involve confidential intelligence affairs.

South Korean defense officials previously said the North completed preparations for a nuclear test at two underground tunnels. The North used one tunnel for its Feb. 12 nuclear test. The second remains unused.


 

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