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S. Korean FM warns N. Korea against nuclear test

SEOUL, April 22 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's foreign minister on Tuesday warned North Korea against a new nuclear test amid growing speculation that the communist nation may detonate a nuclear bomb in the near future. "If North Korea goes ahead with another nuclear test as it has publicly warned, it will be a game changer," Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se said in his opening speech at a local forum hosted by the Asan Institute for Policy Studies, a private think tank.

China envoy says N. Korea's threat of nuclear test 'serious'

BEIJING, April 22 (Yonhap) -- China's chief nuclear envoy has described North Korea's threats of a nuclear test as "serious" and noted that Beijing is making diplomatic efforts to prevent Pyongyang from carrying out its fourth nuclear test, a diplomatic source with knowledge of the matter said Tuesday.

China urges restraint as N. Korea boosts activity at nuclear test site

BEIJING, April 22 (Yonhap) -- China called for calm and restraint on Tuesday after South Korea warned of a potential "surprise nuclear test" by North Korea while citing signs of activity observed at North Korea's nuclear test site. "We call on all relevant parties to stay calm and exercise restraint under current circumstances," China's foreign ministry spokesman Qin Gang said, when asked about potential signs of what would be the North's fourth nuclear test. Qin also urged "all relevant parties" not to take any action that would escalate tensions in the region.

S. Korea activates task force to monitor possible N. Korea nuke test

South Korea has activated a special task force to monitor a possible fourth nuclear test by North Korea, after detecting signs it may take place "soon" at an underground test site, a Defense Ministry spokesman said Tuesday. "As of 9 a.m. yesterday, joint chiefs of staff launched a task force on monitoring North Korea's nuclear test," Kim Min Seok said at a press briefing. "Our military has detected various signs at the Punggye-ri nuclear site in Kilju, North Hamgyong Province," Kim said.

S. Korea warns North against nuclear test

South Korea's Foreign Minister Yun Byung Se warned North Korea on Tuesday not to conduct a new nuclear test, after South Korean defense officials said there are signs one may take place "soon." North Korea's Minju Chosun daily, a mouthpiece for the North Korean government, said the same day that Pyongyang has already served notice that the country would conduct a "new form" of nuclear test.

South Korea says North may be close to nuclear test

North Korea could well be preparing to carry out a fourth nuclear test, South Korea said Tuesday, citing increased activity at its main test site just days ahead of a visit to Seoul by US President Barack Obama. "Our military is currently detecting a lot of activity in and around the Punggye-ri nuclear test site," defence ministry spokesman Kim Min-Seok told a press briefing. Kim stressed that North Korea's nuclear weapons programme was at a stage where it could conduct a test "at any moment" once the order was given by the leadership in Pyongyang.

South Korea says North may be close to nuclear test

North Korea could well be preparing to carry out a fourth nuclear test, South Korea said Tuesday, citing increased activity at its main test site just days ahead of a visit to Seoul by US President Barack Obama. "Our military is currently detecting a lot of activity in and around the Punggye-ri nuclear test site," defence ministry spokesman Kim Min-Seok told a press briefing. Kim stressed that North Korea's nuclear weapons programme was at a stage where it could conduct a test "at any moment" once the order was given by the leadership in Pyongyang.

South Korea says North may be close to nuclear test

North Korea could well be preparing to carry out a fourth nuclear test, South Korea said Tuesday, citing increased activity at its main test site just days ahead of a visit to Seoul by US President Barack Obama. "Our military is currently detecting a lot of activity in and around the Punggye-ri nuclear test site," defence ministry spokesman Kim Min-Seok told a press briefing. Kim stressed that North Korea's nuclear weapons programme was at a stage where it could conduct a test "at any moment" once the order was given by the leadership in Pyongyang.

South Korea says North may be close to nuclear test

North Korea could well be preparing to carry out its fourth nuclear test, South Korea's Defence Ministry said Tuesday, citing a significant step up in activity at the North's main test site. "Our military is currently detecting a lot of activity in and around the Punggye-ri nuclear test site," ministry spokesman Kim Min-Seok told a press briefing.

U.S. monitors N. Korea moves at nuke test site: spokesman

White House spokesman Jay Carney said Monday he does not have "anything specific" about a report of increased activities at a North Korean nuclear test site but added that "we monitor that kind of activity very closely." Carney said they "note a pattern of provocative actions from the (North Korean) regime ... that has been consistent, unfortunately, for many years."
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