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2006-09-02 07:28:07

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan is preparing a set of high-level alert procedures to follow in the event of a nuclear power plant accident abroad, out of concern that North Korea may carry out an underground nuclear test, Kyodo News said on Saturday, citing government sources. The steps to be taken would be comparable to those Tokyo has in place for a major earthquake or other large-scale natural calamity within Japan, the sources told Kyodo. If the government determines that Pyongyang has...

2006-09-02 10:00:25

By Carol Giacomo, Diplomatic Correspondent WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top U.S. point man with North Korea will urge Asian powers to end arms-related trade with Pyongyang as ordered by the U.N. on a tour of the region next week, U.S. officials say. Assistant Secretary of State Christopher Hill, who departs on Sunday for Japan, China and South Korea, will assure them that despite the U.N. order increasing pressure on the North, the United States still backs six party talks to persuade...

2006-08-28 05:15:50

SEOUL (Reuters) - A senior South Korean intelligence official said on Monday there were no signs of an imminent North Korean nuclear test but the reclusive state always had its test facilities ready to go. U.S. and Japanese news reports over the past two weeks cited intelligence officials as saying there have been suspicious vehicle movements at a possible test site, indicating North Korea may be preparing to set off its first atomic bomb, "However, there are no signs or movements...

2006-08-26 06:03:52

SEOUL (Reuters) - A nuclear test by North Korea cannot be ruled out if the United States steps up what Pyongyang calls its hostile policy toward the communist country, a pro-North Korea newspaper published in Japan said on Saturday. The news comes amid reports that Pyongyang might be preparing a nuclear bomb test. "We cannot say for sure there will be no nuclear test by North Korea to strengthen its self-defence, if the Bush administration steps up the hard-line stance in military...

2006-08-25 09:09:50

By Jack Kim SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea is certain North Korea has nuclear weapons and Seoul's best estimate is Pyongyang has produced one or two bombs, its defense minister said on Friday, amid reports that the North may be preparing a nuclear test. Another senior official said South Korea and China had agreed to cooperate in preventing the North from conducting a test, which would pose a grave situation in the region. Defense Minister Yoon Kwang-ung said he believed the North...

2006-08-25 09:02:28

Corrects defence ministers name in paragraph 3 to Yoon Kwang-ung By Jack Kim SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea is certain North Korea has nuclear weapons and Seoul's best estimate is Pyongyang has produced one or two bombs, its defense minister said on Friday, amid reports that the North may be preparing a nuclear test. Another senior official said South Korea and China had agreed to cooperate in preventing the North from conducting a test, which would pose a grave situation in the...

2006-08-25 07:03:22

By Jack Kim SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea is certain North Korea has nuclear weapons and Seoul's best estimate is Pyongyang has produced one or two bombs, its defense minister said on Friday, amid reports that the North may be preparing a nuclear test. Another senior official said South Korea and China had agreed to cooperate in preventing the North from conducting a test, which would pose a grave situation in the region. Defense Minister Yoon Kwang-ing said he believed the North...

2006-08-25 05:03:58

By Jack Kim SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea is certain North Korea has nuclear weapons and Seoul's best estimate is Pyongyang has produced one or two bombs, its defense minister said on Friday, amid reports that the North may be preparing a nuclear test. Defense Minister Yoon Kwang-ing has previously said he believed the North had one or two nuclear weapons, but his remarks in parliament on Friday were among the strongest yet on the North's possession of atomic bombs. "It is estimated...

2006-08-25 00:25:54

SEOUL (Reuters) - Regional powers should not try to back North Korea into a corner over its missile tests and nuclear weapons programme but should stand firm when Pyongyang behaves badly, South Korea's foreign minister said on Friday. U.S. and Japanese news reports have said North Korea might be preparing for its first nuclear weapons test. The North defied international warnings and test-fired seven missiles on July 5, prompting condemnation by the U.N. Security Council. "We need to...

2006-08-23 19:37:49

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korean leader Kim Jong-il may visit key ally China next week amid heightened concern over a possible nuclear weapons test by the reclusive state and its defiant missile launch in July, a news report said on Thursday. Kim's visit will be primarily to discuss the North's possible nuclear test with Chinese President Hu Jintao, the daily Chosun Ilbo reported a diplomatic source in Seoul as saying. "Authorities in Seoul and Washington were briefed that Kim Jong-il...


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