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2006-08-23 00:26:33

By Jack Kim SEOUL (Reuters) - A nuclear weapons test by North Korea would have devastating consequences but so far remains only a possibility, South Korea's foreign minister said on Wednesday. A news report last week quoted U.S. officials as saying activities at a possible North Korean nuclear site suggested preparations for a nuclear weapons test were under way. The North defied international warnings and test-launched seven missiles on July 5, including a long-range missile which...

2006-08-21 07:52:37

By Jon Herskovitz SEOUL (Reuters) - U.S. and South Korean troops began military drills on Monday that are likely to increase regional tensions already high due to the North's July 5 missile launches and reports it is preparing for a nuclear test. The annual exercises, dubbed Ulchi Focus Lens, have been held without major incident in South Korea for decades. Yet the North has branded them a prelude to invasion and nuclear war, vowing to boost its own nuclear deterrent in response....

2006-08-21 01:43:14

By Jon Herskovitz SEOUL (Reuters) - U.S. and South Korean troops started military drills on Monday that are likely to increase regional tensions already high due to the North's July 5 missile launches and reports it is preparing for a nuclear test. The annual exercises, dubbed Ulchi Focus Lens, have been held without major incident in South Korea for decades. Yet the North has branded them as a prelude to invasion and nuclear war, vowing to boost its own nuclear deterrent in...

2006-08-20 01:51:16

By Jon Herskovitz SEOUL (Reuters) - U.S. and South Korean troops start military drills on Monday which are likely to increase regional tensions already high due to the North's July 5 missile launches and reports it is preparing for a nuclear test. The annual drills, dubbed Ulchi Focus Lens, have been held without incident in South Korea for decades. Yet the North brands them as a prelude to invasion and nuclear war, vowing to boost its nuclear deterrent to counter threats of this...

2006-08-18 13:31:54

By Tabassum Zakaria CAMP DAVID, Md (Reuters) - President George W. Bush on Friday warned that North Korea would pose a threat to the world if it tested a nuclear bomb for the first time, following reports that the reclusive government was considering such a move. Bush also pressed participants in six-party talks to persuade North Korea to give up its nuclear-weapons program, while a senior U.S. official played down the chances of an early nuclear test. "If North Korea were to...

2006-08-17 22:38:56

By Jon Herskovitz SEOUL (Reuters) - Reclusive North Korea, which last month defied the international community by test-firing missiles, could now be preparing its first test of a nuclear bomb, U.S. media cited U.S. officials as saying. Analysts said on Friday North Korea could be trying an even more extreme form of sabre-rattling to force the international community, and Washington in particular, into making concessions to the poor and isolated state. But a diplomatic official in...

2006-08-17 19:33:37

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Activity at a North Korean facility suggests Pyongyang could be preparing its first test of a nuclear bomb, U.S. media on Thursday cited U.S. officials as saying. But U.S. officials told Reuters they had no new evidence of such a plan, and a diplomatic official in Seoul familiar with the North's nuclear program said he was skeptical of the reports. ABC News quoted an unidentified senior military official as saying a U.S. intelligence agency had observed...

2006-08-17 18:22:04

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - North Korea may be preparing an underground test of a nuclear bomb, ABC News reported on Thursday, but U.S. officials told Reuters they had no new evidence of such a plan. ABC quoted an unnamed senior military official as saying a U.S. intelligence agency had recently observed "suspicious vehicle movement" at a suspected North Korean test site. A senior State Department official, who was also not identified, told the network, "It is the view of the...

2006-08-08 16:40:00

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A test of a nuclear weapon by North Korea would have a "negative though not cataclysmic" impact on South Korea's economy and could pose strains on China, said a study on Tuesday by a leading U.S. economist. An analysis by Marcus Noland of the Institute for International Economics found that among North Korea's neighbors, South Korea was the most economically vulnerable to a nuclear breakout by the North. A test by isolated North Korea, which declared itself a...

2006-07-26 17:22:39

By Sue Pleming DOHA, Qatar (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said on Wednesday she did not anticipate six-party talks over North Korea's nuclear arms activities on the sidelines of the ASEAN conference. "I have said any time people want to talk in the six-party framework I am ready to do it but I don't have any indication that the North Koreans intend to," Rice told reporters on her way to Malaysia for meetings with Asian ministers. "I don't anticipate any six...


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