N.Korea conducts nuclear test - South Korea defence ministry

SEOUL Tue Feb 12, 2013 10:09am IST

1 of 3. North Korean soldiers (background) take pictures, as a South Korean soldier (R) stands guard, after a ceremony marking the 59th anniversary of the signing of the armistice agreement that ended the Korean War on July 27, 1953, at the border villages of Panmunjom July 27, 2012.

Credit: Reuters/Ahn Young-joon/Pool/Files

Related Topics

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea conducted a nuclear test on Tuesday, South Korea's defence ministry said, after seismic activity measuring 4.9 magnitude was registered by the U.S. Geological Survey.

The epicentre of the seismic activity, which was only one km below the Earth's surface, was close to the North's known nuclear test site.

"We've been informed by the South Koreans that there's been a (North Korean) nuclear test," a U.N. Security Council diplomat told Reuters on condition of anonymity.

An international nuclear test monitoring agency said the location of the seismic event was "roughly congruent with" 2006 and 2008 tests carried out by the reclusive state and had "clear explosion-like characteristics".

North Korea, which had been threatening a third nuclear test, had informed Beijing and Washington on Monday of plans to undertake a test, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported.

The isolated state, which is banned under U.N. Security Council resolutions from developing nuclear and missile technology, did not make any immediate comment.

North Korea is not prone to seismic activity and it may take hours or even days to determine officially whether a nuclear test had been conducted.

South Korea's defence ministry said the North Korean seismic event could be the result of a 6-7 kiloton or stronger nuclear blast. South Korea's President Lee Myung-bak called a national security council meeting for 0400 GMT.

North Korea successfully launched a long-range rocket in December in violation of U.N. resolutions that banned it from developing missile or nuclear technology after nuclear tests in 2006 and 2009.

It announced plans for a third nuclear test in response to the sanctions imposed in January after the rocket launch, although satellite imagery indicated it has been readying its test site for more than a year. (Reporting by David Chance; Editing by Michael Perry and Paul Tait)

FILED UNDER:
Comments (0)
This discussion is now closed. We welcome comments on our articles for a limited period after their publication.

  • Most Popular
  • Most Shared

COAL BLOCK ALLOCATIONS

REUTERS SHOWCASE

Financial Inclusion

Financial Inclusion

Modi to launch plan for every Indian household to have bank account .  Full Article 

E-Commerce

E-Commerce

Ratan Tata invests in online retailer Snapdeal.  Full Article 

Sugar Talk

Sugar Talk

Sugar export rebound at risk from rising domestic prices.  Full Article 

GDP Preview

GDP Preview

Economy likely grew faster in June quarter: Reuters poll.  Full Article 

New Ordeal

New Ordeal

After disasters, stricken Malaysia Airlines staff brace for job cuts.  Full Article 

Deal Talk

Deal Talk

Kleiner to invest in messaging startup Snapchat at near-$10 bln valuation - report.  Full Article 

Safety Net

Safety Net

SEBI revamps trading safety-net rules.  Full Article 

Expert Zone

Expert Zone

Column - Why inflation is so persistent.  Full Article 

Fraud Investigation

Fraud Investigation

IMF's Lagarde put under investigation in French fraud case.  Full Article 

Reuters India Mobile

Reuters India Mobile

Get the latest news on the go. Visit Reuters India on your mobile device.  Full Coverage