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N. Korea informed U.S., China, Russia of nuclear test: source
SEOUL, Feb. 13 (Yonhap) -- South Korea has confirmed that North Korea informed the United States, China and Russia of its decision to go ahead with the third nuclear test about 14 hours before it detonated an atomic device, a Seoul diplomatic source said Wednesday.

   Unlike its first and second nuclear tests, North Korea didn't notify China first, but instead sent the notification to the three nations simultaneously Monday night.

   "North Korea simultaneously informed the U.S., China and Russia of its plan to carry out a nuclear test as of around 9:20 p.m. on Monday," the source said on the condition of anonymity.

   The U.S. relayed the North's notification to South Korea at around 10:00 p.m. on Monday, the source said.

   It was not clear whether the North's notification cited any specific timing for the nuclear test.

   North Korea conducted the underground nuclear test at 11:57 a.m. on Tuesday, drawing international condemnations that will likely present major security challenges for South Korea's incoming President Park Geun-hye and U.S. President Barack Obama.

   The North's test came on the eve of Obama's State of the Union address.

   kdh@yna.co.kr
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