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U.N.-backed body closely monitors N. Korea's possible nuclear test

SEOUL, April 23 (Yonhap) -- A U.N.-backed organization monitoring possible breaches of a nuclear test ban is keeping a close eye on North Korea amid concerns Pyongyang may conduct another nuclear test, a U.S. radio report said Wednesday. The Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) said a 24-hour monitoring system is in place to inform its member states and the U.N of North Korea's nuclear test within an hour of detecting a nuclear explosion, the Washington-based Radio Free Asia reported.

U.N.-backed body closely monitors N. Korea's possible nuclear test

SEOUL, April 23 (Yonhap) -- A U.N.-backed organization monitoring possible breaches of a nuclear test ban is keeping a close eye on North Korea amid concerns Pyongyang may conduct another nuclear test, a U.S. radio report said Wednesday. The Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) said a 24-hour monitoring system is in place to inform its member states and the U.N of North Korea's nuclear test within an hour of detecting a nuclear explosion, the Washington-based Radio Free Asia reported.

U.S. urges North Korea to refrain from new nuclear test

By David Brunnstrom WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States said on Tuesday it was watching the Korean peninsula closely after reports that North Korea may be planning another nuclear test and it urged Pyongyang not to take any step that would threaten regional peace. South Korean news reports quoted the South Korean government as saying on Tuesday that heightened activity had been detected at North Korea's underground nuclear test site, indicating possible preparations for another atomic 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".

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".

N. Korean nuclear test site shows increased activity: Seoul

SEOUL, April 22 (Yonhap) -- Heightened activity has been detected at North Korea's underground nuclear test site, indicating possible preparations for another atomic test, a South Korean government spokesman said Tuesday. North Korea has been watched closely for signs of another nuclear test after it threatened last month to conduct a "new form" of test, which experts say could mean the use of a uranium-based device. North Korea's three previous nuclear tests in 2006, 2009 and 2013 are believed to have used plutonium.

N. Korean nuclear test site shows increased activity: Seoul

SEOUL, April 22 (Yonhap) -- Heightened activity has been detected at North Korea's underground nuclear test site, indicating possible preparations for another atomic test, a South Korean government spokesman said Tuesday. North Korea has been watched closely for signs of another nuclear test after it threatened last month to conduct a "new form" of test, which experts say could mean the use of a uranium-based device. North Korea's three previous nuclear tests in 2006, 2009 and 2013 are believed to have used plutonium.

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 keep 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.

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 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.
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